I was one of the very first to get on board with the academy project Darren created over at Lichfield City FC. In my 2 years under Darren, he not only helped improve me as a player, both technically and tactically – but also helped me grow and progress on a personal level too.
Darren is a top coach, top man and a top mentor – I think it’s very important for a young lad leaving school and growing into an adult to have the right guidance and support system around them – and Darren’s personality and the atmosphere he creates around the squad, recruiting a great bunch of lads from all over the West Midlands area. The facilities, management, coaching & opportunities provided were unrivalled by any other local club – Darren strives to be the best and is a born winner himself, which definitely helps rub off on you in both your football and academic studies.
With more coaches, more experience & more talent to choose from year after year, I only see Lichfield City Academy evolving further and competing at a very competitive level for trophies and opportunities to further develop careers under Darren.