Local Manchester boy, Alfie Turley has been selected to represent Manchester City Football Club in the 2009 Age Category on the Pichouns Tour to be held in Marseille, as well as the prestigious Weyer Pfingst Cup, to be played in Dusselforf, Germany in June. Alfie (age 7) has always been a keen football fan and is a regular team player at Monton Sports Club where his dad is also a team coach. Alfie was first spotted at the club, aged just 5, by a scout for Everton Football Club and then later, by Manchester City. Alfie has recently enjoyed his first TV debut as mascot for the Man City first team, leading out with defender Gael Clinchy when they played Stoke City at home in April.
Alfie and his brother and sister are all pupils at Bridgewater School in Worsley. Alfie has certainly proved to be a real asset to the football team since joining, alongside a number of other talented football mad youngsters who also attend the school. Bridgewater has been enjoying a number of recent successes on the football field as both their Under 16’s and Under 14’s teams have been winners of the Independent School Association North West Championships this year. Not to be outdone by the footballers, a number of equally gifted pupils have also enjoyed regional, national and international success across a range of sports including basketball, fencing, rugby and gymnastics.
Alfie’s proud mum and dad have seen a massive boost in the self-confidence and ‘go get’ attitude of all three children since joining the school – an ethos that the Head, Mrs Judy Nairn, has always been keen to foster in this family orientated school. “Here at Bridgewater, we offer a broad, challenging and balanced education – academic, artistic, practical and physical – so that all our students can fully explore talents and interests in their formative years. Our school is small enough for each child to be known and valued as an individual but large enough to offer a wide range of subjects, extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities” explains Mrs Nairn. “Everyone has the chance to pursue passions, to participate, to be part of a group: to develop confident relationships but to be unique. We are absolutely delighted to support Alfie (and indeed any of our children) in fulfilling their dreams. Alfie is a talented little boy, both in and out of the classroom and he has a wonderful and respectful disposition”.
Alfie generally plays in wing position and has developed a great left foot technique, this harnessed to great speed will hopefully make him a great potential England team player for the future. In the meantime he is happy to be a little boy, living his football dream and following his football idols – Kevin De Bruyne, the Man City Midfielder and of course Cristiano Ronaldo. If Alfie continues to develop his talent on the field, he is hoping to be signed to the Manchester City Elite Academy Players in the next year or so.