Cohen Bramhall visits community trust Christmas lunch
Cohen Bramhall attended the Birmingham city community trust's football and education programme’s Christmas social at St. Andrew’s on Thursday afternoon.
Hosted in the Legends' Lounge with 45 pupils in attendance, the defender answered questions from the event’s host Kevan Broadhurst and the students themselves.
After the Q&A, Bramall spoke to the guests individually as well as making himself available for photos.
“I’d like to thank Cohen Bramall for attending our Christmas social,” said Senior Coach Kevan Broadhurst.
“The students have put in plenty of hard work so far this year and this was an ideal way to not only thank them but encourage them going forward."
Bramall, 21, was chosen for the event due to his inspiring past.
And his career can been as motivation to any of the Football and Education Programme’s students.
The Arsenal left-back signed for Blues on loan in August and has so far made three appearances.
With his blistering pace and ability to get forward, Bramall is seen as an exciting prospect.
But despite the encouraging performances so far, the Crewe-born rookie hasn’t had it all his own way.
Without an academy stewardship, Bramall started in non-league with spells at Kidsgrove Athletic, Alsager Town, Nantwich Town, Market Drayton Town and Hednesford Town, with the latter coinciding with a job at a Bentley car factory.
After impressing with the Pitmen, Bramall signed professional forms with Arsenal in January 2017 following a successful trial.
Bramall then joined the first-team squad for the club's tour of Australia and China, making his senior debut in a friendly against A-League side Sydney.
Therefore with no academy history, Bramall has shown that hard work and determination can still help you reach an end goal.
“Cohen was excellent with the pupils and this was the golden opportunity for them to rack his brains as they try to emulate his path," added Broadhurst.
"Cohen has proven that footballers follow different routes to the professional game and that should be seen as a real plus for our students."
All pupils within the programme are exposed to tough, competitive football within the prestigious National Football Youth Development League with teams managed by former Blues stars such as Kevan Broadhurst, Graham Hyde, Dele Adebola and Jae Martin.
Open to Year 12 students, the course is designed to give junior footballers a platform to not only improve their footballing ability but also one in which enables them to study towards a qualification in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport through the Trust’s link with Shenley Academy.
The Academy are proud to be part of a partnership which delivers sporting and academic excellence to post-16 students.
Coinciding with the Trust, they work to develop the core values which are shared by Shenley and Birmingham City Football Club: resilience, kindness, integrity, respect, self-belief and altruism.
Together, Shenley and Birmingham City Football Club support young people on the programme to ‘Keep right onto the end of the road’, to achieve their goal: excellence.
Former students have gone on to achieve long and successful playing careers at both club and international level, have become Sport Scientists at professional football clubs, or have gone into further education to undertake soccer scholarships in America.
And of course like Bramall, there’s the opportunity to impress on the pitch.
“The course has been re-designed to provide greater assistance to individuals, so that on completion, they have all the right attributes to pursue a career within sport or further afield,” Broadhurst concluded.
“There’s plenty of options for the students and each of them have a path that they aspire to follow.
“Whether that’s playing, coaching, or something else, all students are given a platform to achieve with quality teaching on and off the pitch.”
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