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Hot-shot Harvey snapped up by Saints

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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Promising Pilton footballer Harvey Woods has been highlighted as one of the hottest prospects in the area after being selected for Southampton's academy.

The eight-year-old West Pennard School pupil was chosen from hundreds of other fledging South West footballers to attend the Premier League club's prestigious elite long-term player development programme based at the University of Bath, as well as the new £15million academy at Staplewood.

Proud parents James and Rachel Woods said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Harvey to play in one of the best football academies in the country.

"He will get to play alongside some of the best players in the country in his age group and against teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as many more Premier League sides.

"There will be a lot of travelling, going to Bath three times a week and to Southampton for games and training but hopefully it will be worth it one day."

Harvey previously played for Wells City's under-8s side but will not be able to feature for the Blues next season. However, he intends to keep in touch with his friends at the club and hopes to watch some of their matches next season.

Any junior players aged between five and ten looking to get into the game are encouraged to attend Wells' soccer school, which runs from 10-11.30am every Saturday from September.

James and Rachel Woods would like to thank Trevor Edwards, Kevin Rogers, Tony Crook, Mark Ambrosini, Mark Murrell, the parents of Wells City's under-8s side, John and Dee and all at the club's soccer school for their support.

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