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Euro Dagenham to link up with the Bees

PUBLISHED: 15:57 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:57 18 June 2012

Benik Afobe (Arsenal). Arsenal U18 6:0 Charlton Athletic U18. Premier Academy League. Arsenal Training Ground. London Colney, Herts, 7/11/09. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

Benik Afobe (Arsenal). Arsenal U18 6:0 Charlton Athletic U18. Premier Academy League. Arsenal Training Ground. London Colney, Herts, 7/11/09. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

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Euro Dagenham Football Club have secured a deal with League One side Brentford

Euro Dagenham Football Club have secured a deal with League One side Brentford that will see the side act as its feeder club for the next crop of emerging talents from the area, writes Colin Munford.

Under the stewardship of chairman Ray Jerome, the club has been built up from just an under-nines side to a club which now provides qualified coaching to over 200 youngsters in the borough of Barking & Dagenham each week.

With some of the club’s youngsters already on the books of Arsenal, Chelsea and Dagenham & Redbridge, the Mayesbrook Park-based club will now collaborate with the Griffin Park side.

With the official unveiling to go ahead this weekend, between Jerome and Brentford’s Head of Youth Recruitment Shaun O’Connor, it is one of a number of advancements which the club are currently undergoing.

Progress

In 2013, Euro Dagenham are expected to move into a new borough-built clubhouse within Mayesbrook Park, while they continue to progress towards the FA Standard Charter status.

Brentford will be at the club on a regular basis monitoring the players, while Euro Dagenham’s coaches, who all have their FA coaching badges, will also be tutored by the Football League club.

A Euro Dagenham statement said: “With great times ahead working in partnership with Brentford FC and the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham can only mean that thousands of local aspiring footballers can get a chance to achieve their dreams.”

The Mayesbrook Park-based outfit also hope for more tie-ups in the future with the Bees.

Discussions include a football festival as Euro Dagenham look to develop the next crop of emerging youngsters, who could follow in the footsteps of Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe and England and Chelsea defender John Terry, who started their footballing careers in the borough.


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