FROM ACADEMY STUDENT TO FOOTBALL PRO - MAKING IT IN THE GAME

Former academy student, Lamar Reynolds, scores himself a win as he hits the big shot and lands himself a position with Newport County FC.

At the young age of 14 years old, Reynolds joined the ranks of Barking FC’s Youth Team with aspirations to develop his skills, with high hopes of one day becoming a professional footballer.

After two years, Reynolds was offered a scholarship at Barking FC’s Football Academy, run in partnership with SCL.  Barking provided the football and development while SCL provided an education and qualifications in sport.  Reynolds was not only able to advance his playing ability but also achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Sport.  

Following his scholarship, he went on to play for the reserve team at Barking FC before breaking away from the side-lines and landing himself a place on their first team at the age of 18. During this time Reynolds made an impressive total of 57 league and cup appearances, scoring a rightful 23 for the club.

Having successfully played at Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy this Summer, Reynolds generated interest from higher ranking clubs and at the age of 21, he has now secured a two-year professional contract with Newport County FC.

From Barking’s youth team to Newport county, from pathway to pro, SCL & Barking FC are extremely proud of Lamar and would like to wish him all the very best in his professional career.

Barking Academy Director Mick O’Shea commented:

“I dropped Lamar a text after his move to wish him well and he deserves his chance.”

“Look at his record for Brentwood last season, he missed a few months, but still got over 20 goals.”

“Lamar has worked hard to improve aspects of his game and that has certainly caught the eye of a few clubs. He’s had a few trials with various clubs in the Football League over the past few years, but this is his chance now and he can reap the rewards.”

“It’s great for our academy to see someone who came in at 16 to go on and realise his dream.”

SCL’s Partnership Director and co-founder Steve Franks said “Our programmes use the power of sport as a tool to motivate and encourage young people achieve an education while keeping one eye on the dream of making it in the game. We are really proud to see that Lamar has made the best of every opportunity he has been given and gone on to be successful in the game.”

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Academy Student to Football Pro

Posted by SCL Education group on 08.08.17

Lamar Reynolds, scores himself a win as he hits the big shot & lands himself a position with Newport County FC.

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