The Lewes FC Academy, still in it’s infancy, can claim several successes this season, with a host of players now starting to emerge as possible stars for the future.
Since the Easter weekend two products of the Academy have been playing regularly for the First Team, Jordan Badger who completed his two years at the end of last season and Ronnie Conlon who completes his two years in June. Not only have they been playing for the First Team but they have been playing extremely well and now almost command a regular starting position.
However, there have also been other Academy players that have stepped up into senior football over the last few months. James Kemp, (centre-back) and Nathan Stroomberg-Clark (GK), have been playing regularly for the U21’s, and have been joined most recently by Gary Mbiriviri (full-back), Rabbit Kiabalenga (centre-back/midfield) and Craig Avens (full-back/midfield). All of whom have impressed manager Gary Croydon with their mature performances and growing confidence.
Another Academy goalkeeper, Matt Cramp, also made a few impressive starts earlier in the season until an injury cut short his season.
Most of these boys have also been involved in the successful U18 cup runs, with Ronnie, Rabbit, Craig and Nathan all featuring in the County Cup Final squad.
A new intake of players will start in September (although there are still a couple of places still available) and if we can keep nurturing these boys then the future looks bright.