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New shadow squad coming soon in Chelmsford

6 June 2022

The Southend United Academy is excited to be launching a new shadow squad in Chelmsford this summer.

The shadow squad, that currently operates in Southend, is a pathway into the academy set-up and provides youngsters the chance to work and improve under the guidance of the Southend United Academy coaches.

A free open trial day for under 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s and 14s will take place in July, with the first session of the newly formed Chelmsford shadow squad taking place in September. Please be aware that the age-groups are for next season.

Success stories of players progressing through the shadow squad in the past include Jon Benton, who recently made his first-team debut, Charlie Kelman, who made over 30 appearances for Blues before joining QPR and Finley Burns, who was sold to Manchester City and made his debut in a Carabao Cup game last year.

Under 18’s Manager Danny Heath said: "The Southend-based shadow squad centre continues to be a success. Throughout the past three seasons over 30 players have been given an Academy trial, with over 50 per cent of these trialists being successful with an academy contract.

"We’re excited and looking forward to targeting Chelmsford, and the surrounding areas, to run alongside the Southend-based shadow squad which will continue as normal.

"We’re hoping that the Chelmsford shadow squad can be a success like the Southend one to give local players the opportunity to be given a trial and hopefully sign within the Academy, and one day maybe appear for the first team.”

Trial Day Details

  • Open Trial Day: Monday 4th July
  • Venue: Sandon High School, Molrams Lane, Sandon, Chelmsford, CM2 7AQ
  • Under 9s, 10s and 11s - 5pm-6.15pm
  • Under 12s, 13s and 14s - 6.30pm-8.00pm
  • Age groups based on 22/23 season

To register your son(s) place(s) please email Head of Academy Recruitment Michael March on with your son(s) name(s), age group for next season (22/23) and any medical conditions they have we should be aware of. Please put ‘SUFC CHELMSFORD SHADOW SQUAD TRIAL DAY’ as the email subject.


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