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Updated: Dec 20, 2022

It’s been a fantastic first six weeks on the pitch at the ESPFA, with students progressing technically, tactically and physically through training three times a week and taking that hard work into producing some exciting football in the games programme.

Here, the coaches from the midlands programmes have nominated their 'player of the half term' for their quality and attitude on the training pitch and their performances in the league games.


BOBBY TAYLOR has been first class since I walked into the programme. Always plays and trains at 100%, he’s been really helpful, respectful and sets a real example to the whole group.”

- Dean Roome.

ESPFA DERBYSHIRE (Mickleover FC Black)

“You always feel that you’re going to create and score goals when CHRIS BITSHUANGU is on the pitch. He’s started this season scoring 5 goals in his first two games and, at training, we see the time he puts in to work towards that success. A player that is happy to adapt and change positions to suit the team, he’s made himself a key member of the group.”

- Joe Czechowski.


MIRO SALERI-PALMER has had a fantastic start to life at the ESPFA. He’s made himself a regular starter with his application and attitude in training and backed this up with some great performances on the pitch. He’s also adapted to playing a new role for the team which isn’t easy to do.”

- Joe Czechowski.


PHELIX FOUNTAIN has led by example in the opening months of the new season, his performance levels on the pitch have followed his fantastic attitude off the pitch. Phelix has had a great start to the season really taking on board what I’ve been asking of him and is turning into a great role model not only to the first years but the whole group. Well done Phelix!

- Luke Weatherall.


LOUIS STRATTON has been excellent in both training and games. His attendance has been 100% and he has showed great understanding playing in various roles.”

- Ryan Grocott.

ESPFA WEST MIDLANDS (Rushall Olympic Amber)

GIOVANNI LWANDO came in as midfielder but we thought he would be better suited as a striker. He has really brought into his new position and listens and works hard. He has a fantastic attitude towards learning and really wants to improve.”

- Steve Hinks.

ESPFA WEST MIDLANDS (Rushall Olympic Black)

LUKE IRELAND has been playing out of position and his attitude towards training and his performances in games have been excellent.”

- Steve Cooke.

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