Dreams come true for Silsden youngsters

Roving reporter: Mikey Tennant with his signed Bradford City shirt.

Roving reporter: Mikey Tennant with his signed Bradford City shirt.

Silsden u13s player MIKEY TENNANT writes for Keighley Kicks about his team’s trip to watch a Football League club’s training session.
On a rare, warm spring day, our team waited in eager anticipation at the club.
As soon as the mini-bus arrived to pick us up, we jumped on board without hesitation and we set off, all the lads ready to be amazed.
After a loud journey on the way to Apperley Bridge, the lads arrived at a layout of luscious green fields, where the famous Bradford City train. We made our way up to the changing room doors, eager to glimpse our heroes.
Soon, the first player emerged, Ollie McBurnie, who was happy to sign my City shirt, followed by the rest of the squad.
As the players made their way to the training pitches, Silsden eagerly followed on behind and the boys settled down to watch the session, ready to watch and learn how the professionals do it.

Amazing: Bantams assistant manager Steve Parkin took time out to speak with the young Silsden players.

Amazing: Bantams assistant manager Steve Parkin took time out to speak with the young Silsden players.

Before the fun started, Steve Parkin amazed us all by making his way over to where we were stood, introducing himself to the team and shaking everyone’s hand, welcoming us all to the facility and making a terrific day that extra special.
We watched the squad being put through their paces for 90 minutes, a warm-up with Nick Allamby that looked hard work – a passing game with Steve Parkin, that looked fun, and an eight-a-side game, before Phil Parkinson showed up to run through some tactical drills in advance of the following day’s match at Rotherham.
The session ended all too soon and we had a final chat with Steve and Lee Butler, the goalkeeping coach, before jumping back on the coach and heading home to Silsden.
It was a fun, exciting, great day out and all the lads thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to Bradford City – and especially Steve – for welcoming us to the training ground.

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