PLAYER PROGRESSION FROM BOREHAM WOOD
FOOTBALL CLUB INTO THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS
Since the inauguration of our youth scheme in 2000, which has now evolved into the Boreham Wood PASE Academy, five of our old youth team players have now stepped into the professional game.
Firstly we saw Lee Hodson and Matthew Whichelow both progress to Watford’s Academy then graduate to play first team football at Watford FC in the Championship. As youngsters both these lads came through our youth structure and we are very happy we played a part in their progress. Lee has now joined League One outfit MK Dons and is ever present in the Northern Ireland senior squad. Whilst Matt has now rejoined us at Boreham Wood; he is a member of the first team squad which gained promotion into the Conference National League in 2015. Now Matthew is also a member of our highly experienced PASE coaching line-up.
In 2012 Premier League giants West Ham United came in to sign youth team product Pelly Ruddock, after he had enjoyed a successful week long trial. After impressing Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, Pelly put pen to paper on a two and a half year contract.
Pelly who had signed his first contract with Boreham Wood FC only months earlier in the season, was in his third year at the club and had enjoyed great success with all the teams he featured for, winning Youth League Titles and National Cups.
On the back of this progression Pelly started a total of 9 games at only 17 years old at Conference South Level before joining the East London club. Pelly, who was a fundamental player in the Hammer’s Under 21 and reserve team, was given a West Ham United First Team squad number of 33, and made his single First Team appearance in the last 16 of the Capital Cup against Championship outfit Burnley FC. Pelly played 90 minutes at center back partnering England Under 21 international James Tomkins in a 2-0 victory for the Hammers.
Since Pelly has been sold to League Two outfit Luton Town having impressed Hatters boss John Still following a loan period at Kenilworth Road. Pelly has now become a firm fans favourite amongst the supporters at Luton Town and is a regular in John Still’s side.
Former youth team player Calaum Jahraldo-Martin has joined Premier League side Hull City. Steve Bruce signed Calaum in the summer of 2013, and commented on his signing by saying, “He’s been a breath of fresh air. We might have just unearthed a little gem.” Calaum has gone onto become a permanent fixture in Hull City’s development squad, and has over the past two seasons made numerous first team appearances in the FA and League Cups.
Lastly, Kyle Vassell, who played for Boreham Wood Football Club’s youth team from the ages 13-16, has now joined League One outfit Peterborough United FC. Kyle who was previously with Norwich City, Brentford, Sutton United, Chelmsford City, and Bishops Stortford attracted the attention of many scouts throughout the Football League following a magnificent beginning to the season with Bishops Stortford in the Conference South, as well as with a great goalscoring record in the FA Cup.
PLAYERS WHO HAVE PROGRESSED INTO TOP
NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL FROM OUR PASE ACADEMY
Over the decade Boreham Wood have placed and loaned players to various clubs in the Non League pyramid. Whether it be that a player needs to gain experience, or to gain match time to enhance his chances to play in our First team.
We have contacts throughout football and at various clubs that enable us to help the individual player to play at a level that best suits his ability. We can also monitor the player over a period of time to see if he is progressing. We currently helped over the last 5 seasons approximately 100 players improve to the point where they are now being paid to play football within the non-league pyramid at step 6 or above
SCHOLARSHIPS FROM BOREHAM WOOD
FOOTBALL CLUB TO THE U.S.A.
Boreham Wood proudly boasts that they have a number of players who have gone off to the United States of America on Soccer Scholarships, combining their football and academic talents nurtured at Boreham Wood PASE Academy to help them fulfill their dream. These players have won full and partial scholarships to study within the American College and University system and continue to play their football. Players who have gone on to Scholarships in America include: –
KAYO OKOT – FC London (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma)
FRANCIS OTIRA – Northern Illinois University
JON CLEMENTS – Fairfield University
CHARLIE HUNTER – American University
KORAY KARAKAS – Grand Canyon University
DAN LOVEDAY – Marymount California University (Santa Barbara Community College)
MATTHEW HODGSON – Neosho County Community College