British football continues to fail to nurture top-class football talent.
With some 10,000 boys in the system at any time – and less than one per cent of those boys likely to make it as professional footballers – there is a real need for a long, hard look at our domestic football development system. Who funds the system? How are the boys recruited? Who is responsible for their coaching and what qualifications do they have for the job? Who looks after their welfare, ensuring they are enjoying the sport and still keeping up with their schooling while under the clubs' stewardship? What happens when the boys don't make the cut and are released by the clubs?
Every Boy’s Dream does not pull any punches. It lays the blame at the doors of the authorities in charge of youth football. But, rather than just listing the faults of system – which are many, as the hard-hitting real-life examples demonstrate – it provides tales of inspiration and a blueprint for the future of the national game. It is the most thorough book ever written about football youth development, and cracks through the age-old veneer of perceived wisdom that has stifled debate on the subject.
About the Author
Chris Green is a BBC Radio 5 Live/Radio 4/ Radio 1 broadcaster and a former presenter/producer of the sports investigative programme On The Line
. His written work has appeared in The Sunday Times, Observer Sport Monthly, Financial Times
, Times Educational Supplement
. He is also currently a regular contributor to School Sport magazine and PE & Sport Today. Click here to order this book...