6 January 2020

Guiseley School student Sam started training with Leeds United Academy at eight years old, playing against other academy teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle. After several tournaments played abroad, Sam left Leeds United and was spotted by a Huddersfield Town scout whilst playing a game in Otley before finally signing with Bradford City after Huddersfield, unfortunately, closed a number of their academy groups. 

Often playing against teams a year ahead of him, Sam closed his U13 season at Bradford City as one of their top scorers, and then on his 15th birthday, Sam was offered a scholarship by the team.

The scholarship meant that after completing his GCSEs, Sam would join the Bradford City U18s team, whilst continuing his education at Woodhead Grove Sixth Form. In fact, in September 2020, at the start of the U16 season, Sam was called up by the U18 team as a substitute, making his debut for them at just 15 years old.

Whilst Covid-19, unfortunately, put a halt to the season for the U16 team, Sam has continued to play with the U18 team, appearing in all but one of their games this season, as well as scoring three goals. He also played in the youth FA Cup (the youth equivalent of the world-famous FA Cup), scoring the equaliser in Bradford’s second-round games away to Carlisle.

In an ordinary week, Sam is in school five days, trains two evenings a week and on Saturday and plays on Sunday. We are very impressed by his commitment to balancing his education alongside progressing towards becoming a professional footballer.

What fantastic commitment and talent from another of our exceptional students.

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