AtTheMatch were invited to Oaklands College in St Albans as Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga made a special appearance visit to the EDSV Academy.
This was another opportunity for the 23-year-old to give back to his local community and youth aspiring footballers, and the first of which filmed ahead of his soon to be released personal website.
Britt witnessed first-hand the work being done by the academy, who use a similar scheme for aspiring professional footballers no different to the one that Britt, brought up Swiss Cottage, came through before making it pro.
The former Southend United loanee was welcomed and given a tour of the grounds by Billy Highton, Business Director, who explained the academy’s progress from humble beginnings, to proud history and ambitious future plans.
Britt, who has recently returned to the Forest team from a long-term and serious knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for over a year, took part in shootings drills, much to the delight - and at times humour - of the academy boys.
This proceeded with an intimate Q&A with Britt, who offered his experience and knowledge of what it took to become professional and the route he took to get there. A journey the majority of the players will go through should they join him in the professional game.
A lucky academy player was rewarded with the pair of boots that Britt was wearing, much to the envy of his teammates!
The day concluded with an in-depth interview inside the EDSV Academy HQ, where Britt spoke about his rise into the professional game from Sunday league football, loan spells in non-league football with Wealdstone and Braintree Town before establishing himself in the professional game.
Despite being a professional footballer, Britt is determined to not be labelled as simply that. He has more strings to his bow. Time on the sidelines helped put his focus into different avenues, and he spoke of his desire to further his DJing as well as pursue a clothing line.
The ex Peterborough man is extremely vocal of his desire to give back to his community and help those less fortunate then himself, both locally and abroad. With a full season comeback in the offing, there’s no doubt Britt has all the assets and ability to succeed on and off the pitch.
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