A Year 7 King Edward’s Witley pupil who was scouted at the age of 7 for Portsmouth Football Club has had his contract renewed for a further two years with the under 13 and 14 teams. James Howell from Godalming, Surrey initially joined the football club’s academy just before his 7th birthday. Of the 100 or so boys and girls who were first selected James is one of only four whose contract has been renewed.
Sporting prowess clearly runs in the family; sister Lottie used to play for England in Rounders (U14s team) and now focuses on Lacrosse, where she plays for the U17 England regional development squad. James was originally scouted by Chelsea Football Club and Portsmouth Football Club and started in their U8 Development Squads, when the offer of a one-year contract was made by Portsmouth he signed for the club which has recently been promoted to League 1.
Following the football dream means that James has to train three nights a way and also plays every Sunday for his club, which can be at a venue anywhere in the South of England. As a day pupil at King Edward’s, support is given to help the talented football player balance sporting commitments with his academic studies.
James has already proved himself as a huge asset to the King Edward’s Witley football team, playing in the Under 12 Futsal team which recently celebrated success as runners up in the Surrey FA County Tournament.