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From Forest to County

Ben was a Schoolboy and then Apprentice at Nottingham Forest before making the switch to city rivals Notts County following his release by the Reds in the summer of 2008.

Having made a handful of early season appearances for the League Two outfit, Ben is determined to make the breakthrough at Meadow Lane, but as a young professional is aware of the risks that his chosen profession can present and has not underestimated the importance of planning for a life outside of the game.

“I’ve always wanted to play football and I know I’m extremely lucky to be able to do so. I’m equally fortunate that so far, my career has been free from injury. I’m constantly aware that any players career can be cut short, and with that in mind I’ve done all I can to ensure I have some form of education behind me as a backup.”

“I was 16 and playing for Nottingham Forest when I undertook an Apprenticeship. The programme was organised by the club and LFE and I spent one full day and two afternoons a week studying for a BTEC at the study support centre at the City ground, in addition I undertook and passed NVQ and Coaching qualifications as part of my Apprenticeship.”

“Although it’s natural to want to concentrate on your playing, as a footballer you do have enough spare time on your hands that means fitting in an education whilst playing isn’t difficult, just needs willpower and to understand that it makes sense. You can’t just rely on football, you can’t just rely on any sport.”

Ben completed his Apprenticeship in the summer 2008 and is now, at the age of 19, a first team squad member at Notts County FC.

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