“It’s get­ting harder by the year” – Run­ner’s World Cham­pi­onship dream

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BEA­CONS­FIELD The for­mer Read­ing academy man­ager in­tro­duced a sim­i­lar link be­tween the FAB Academy, based in Bisham Abbey and which he founded, and South­ern League Cen­tral side SYCOB three years ago. Forged with the aim of giv­ing the academy’s young­sters a taste of men’s foot­ball, the project got off to a dif­fi­cult start in its first season with SYCOB flirt­ing with rel­e­ga­tion be­fore even­tu­ally scrap­ing clear of dan­ger to fin­ish 20th. There were signs of im­prove­ment with last season’s ninth-place fin­ish, and SYCOB cur­rently sit ninth once more af­ter shrug­ging off a poor start to the season.

But although stay­ing in the South­ern League is cru­cial, league po­si­tions come sec­ond to player de­vel­op­ment, and four play­ers signed to pro clubs since the linkup proves some­thing is work­ing.

Bashir said: “The project is go­ing well, and it’s on­go­ing. We’ve got a lot of good young play­ers com­ing through and the philop­s­o­phy is to try and de­velop play­ers who can play at a higher level, which is why we play a cer­tain way at Bea­cons­field. It might not be win­ning foot­ball all the time, but it’s de­vel­op­ment foot­ball.

“My big­gest dis­ap­poit­ment is not yet get­ting a link up with Wy­combe Wan­der­ers and get­ting play­ers through to that level. It would be nice to get a link-up there as all the lads at the academy are lo­cal lads who want to play for their lo­cal pro club.

“Hope­fully we can get some­thing in place in the fu­ture. We’ve got loads of play­ers com­ing through which is why I would like to link up with Wy­combe. With no youth set-up there, we’d love to be their feeder. I’m hop­ing to ar­range a meet­ing. To me it’s a no-brainer.

“If not, my pri­or­ity is to de­velop young play­ers at Bea­cons­field. The transti­ton is tough but you have to give them time and we can do that here. If they im­prove and show a level of po­ten­tial, we know there’s an op­por­tu­nity to push them on to a fur­ther level.

“It’s about the 18-year-olds learn­ing about se­nior foot­ball and the ones who pick it up will hope­fully be the ones who go on to play at pro level.”

A good week for SYCOB saw them beat both His­ton and Peters­field Town 3-2. Char­lie Los­saso bagged an in­jury time win­ner at His­ton – his sec­ond of the game – fol­low­ing a Cal­lum Map­ley strike, while Guri De­muria, Jack McKnight and Aaron Berry net­ted against Bea­cons­field. SYCOB host Ayles­bury on Satur­day.

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