Somercotes Student (13) Chosen To Play For Lincoln City

Year 9 student Tazz Wootton (13) is now playing for Lincoln City Under-14 Team. He is pictured with some of his 40 football medals in the Fitness Suite at Somercotes Academy.

Thirteen-year-old Somercotes Academy student Tazz Wootton has been chosen to play for Lincoln City's Under-14 team.

Tazz has more than 40 football medals to his name already, having played football since the age of two.

He said: "My Dad taught me the way to play and how to play fairly. I taught myself many tricks and skills which I use in my football games. I have played for local teams since the age of 6.

"During the summer holidays, I had trials for Lincoln City and I signed for them this month. So far this season, I have played Notts County, Peterborough, Sunderland, and I scored two goals against Notts county and one against Peterborough. It is Doncaster this week.

"The experience of playing for an actual Football Academy is exceptional because you have all these opportunities to play against some big teams. Every training session and every match, I always play to the best of my ability, whether in or outside of school."

Striker Tazz, who also plays for Somercotes Academy's football team, supports Manchester United and has his eye on a professional career.

"It is my ambition to become a professional footballer. I know that it is hard and the competition is extreme, but I am loving every minute of playing for Lincoln City and I hope to continue," he said.

Rob Allenby, Somercotes Academy Curriculum Leader for P.E., said: "Any footballer who gets chosen to play at this high level deserves respect and recognition for their efforts and their talent and everyone at the Academy is very proud of Tazz."

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