With former PASE players Bradley Sach and Frank Keita recently securing new deals at the club, it has highlighted once more, just how successful the PASE academy is.

Both Sach and Keita rose through the club’s academy; they began in PASE, before moving into the Elite side and subsequently broke into the first team last season.

The duo topped the reserve side’s scoring charts last campaign, with Sach netting an incredible 60 times throughout the year.

Upon signing their new contracts, both players highlighted how important PASE has been in their development.

“The club have been the biggest influence on my development so far,” Sach stated. “I started at College level, playing for PASE under Cameron Mawer, who is now the first team coach.

“Cameron was my manager and in my second pre-season, he offered me an elite deal and I pushed on from there to earn a spot in first-team training.”

While Keita, who made his debut against Tranmere Rovers last season, enthused: “The club have helped my career a lot, I have learnt so much from different players, from all of the coaches, from Luke Garrard and Cameron, they have helped me a lot in my past three years.”

The PASE Academy has become a breeding ground for young players in recent years, and last season, an incredible six academy players made their first team debuts.

Three players also earned call-ups for England Colleges, while the team became both the National College Champions of England and Wales and the Conference League’s ‘Champion of Champions’.

The PASE Academy was set up in 2002 by the Chairman and provides 16-to-18-year-olds of all abilities with full-time education and football coaching.

The programme is arguably the most successful of its kind in non-league football and has a 250-name-long, list of players, who have gone on to achieve both semi-professional and professional contracts.

Following the pairs new contract signing, PASE Coach Cameron Mawer spoke of how important the academy is to the club, he said: “It is massive, these pair show exactly what we are all about.

“The PASE scheme takes on all kinds of abilities, and these two show that you can be successful no matter what level you enter the scheme at.

“They show that as long as you demonstrate the Chairman’s ADD factor, which is Attitude, Discipline and Desire, then the opportunities are endless.”

First-team manager Luke Garrard welcomed the pair into the first team fold last season and admitted that the transition was seamless, he stated: “The work that Cameron done last year was massive and to re-enact what they achieved is going to be near on impossible, the year they all had as a group and as a management team was phenomenal.

“There are multiple PASE players involved in first team training at the minute and that just shows how far the PASE academy has come.

“With us being a National League side now to, the fact that we have got six-to-eight academy boys in-and-around the first team is a credit to what everybody is doing at the club.

“The two youngsters who have got their deals are leading the way and obviously there are other boys in the group who now want to earn deals and they have got every opportunity. It is massive for the PASE Academy.”

PASE offers a wide range of tailor-made courses that provide its students with an educational programme that marries up to their training programme. These courses include BTEC, CYQ, Construction and A-levels.

The training programmes work around the student’s academic timetables so that they can achieve the success they need both on-and-off the field.

For more information on the PASE Academy or to register please call the PASE office on 020 8953 5716 or visit https://www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk/how-to-apply-pase/.

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