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So, the day’s arrived when you leave home to start a new life at the University that’s been sending you exciting emails for months, with the people who’ve been WhatsApping and Snapchatting you all summer and who’ll soon be like family to you. You’ve packed all the essentials (phone charger, hair products, headphones and beer), the stuff your parents are forcing you to take (underwear, tins of food, cleaning products and toilet roll), made it clear to everybody that your room is not to be touched while you’re away, and you’re ready to embark on the single most important adventure of your life so far – three years as an undergraduate in a far-flung place where you can live exactly as you want with no restrictions or parental pressure other than the odd phone call when you need money or a reminder to get your room ready for the next (short) visit home.
It’s the start for an exciting new era for the Crystal Palace FC Foundation Academy. Northampton College is thrilled to be the Academy’s new education provider and we will be fielding two teams in then 2018/19 National Youth Football League – travelling up and down the country to play fellow Foundation Academies from some of the Premier League’s biggest names. Head coach, former professional footballer and Republic of Ireland international Eddie McGoldrick, has put together a squad of talented first and second year scholars who will be training full-time and continuing their studies at Booth Lane.
The first game of the season saw CPFC take on Burnley.
When Gareth Southgate broke into the first team squad at Crystal Palace you’d have struggled to find anyone who thought he’d end up as an international footballer. If you’d have suggested he’d one day be the manager of an exciting, progressive England side, which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, you’d probably have been laughed out of town.