Extended Pompey deal chimes with schoolboy’s dream
A GODALMING youngster has been given a two-year contract extension with League One side Portsmouth.
James Howell, a Year 7 King Edward’s Witley pupil, was scouted at the age of seven by the south coast side and will spend another couple of years with the club.
Howell initially joined Portsmouth’s academy just before his seventh birthday. Of the 100 or so boys and girls who were first selected, he 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.
Following his football dream means James has to train three nights away 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 provided to help the talented footballer balance his sporting commitments with his studies.
He has already proved himself as a huge asset to the King Edward’s Witley football team, playing in the U12 Futsal side which recently celebrated success as runners-up in the Surrey FA County tournament.