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Children at football academies are more likely to 'get hit by a meteorite' than succeed as professionals – here’s the shocking statistic
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Rachael Buxton 5 Jul 17
Replying to @FootballGrf
So should talented players not take up the chance because of a statistic?
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🇪🇸TyldesleyTici-Taca 🇪🇸 5 Jul 17
Replying to @rbuxy72 @FootballGrf
It can take over their lives. No playing for sch teams, 3 x week training, game's every wkend, holiday camps, game's abroad. Dropped at 16.
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peter.chaloner@mobas.com 5 Jul 17
Replying to @FootballGrf
Statistics are grim. You can't stop kids from chasing dreams. The system has broader benefits: health, life skills and friendships.
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nick elmore 5 Jul 17
Replying to @pchaloner @FootballGrf
Spot on mate
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Northwood FC U13 Reds (20/2021) 5 Jul 17
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David Hankey 5 Jul 17
Good for thought.
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john hegarty 5 Jul 17
Replying to @FootballGrf
Big percentage of those are taken in far to early.... 12 is soon enough..... Kids going in at 7 ??? Ridiculous
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Carl Wakelam 5 Jul 17
Replying to @johnheg11 @FootballGrf
Under 14 at the earliest
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Gary Lock 5 Jul 17
Replying to @FootballGrf
Most (not all) academies I have seen r playing a numbers game with kids. Let kids enjoy their football at 9 and not have pressure and worry.
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Graeme  Morton 5 Jul 17
Most of them end up in non league football expecting champagne wages for John Smiths ability.
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