Every Boy’s Dream Shortlisted for Award

“Every Boy’s Dream – England’s Football Future on the Line” (A&C Black) Chris Green’s hard-hitting book on England’s youth football development system is in the running for a prestigious national award.

It is one of six named in the best football book category in this year’s British Sports Book Awards, run by the National Sporting Club.

The award is short-listed and judged by the Football Writers Association and awards will be presented at the new Park Plaza Westminster Hotel on March 11.

“Every Boy’s Dream” investigates why – despite unprecedented expenditure on a huge overhaul of youth development in the past decade – British football continues to fail to nurture top-class football talent. The book does not pull any punches and lays the blame at the doors of the authorities in charge of youth football.

But, rather than just listing the faults of the system – which are many, as the hard-hitting real-life examples demonstrate – it provides tales of inspiration and a blueprint for the future of the national game.

With a foreword by Sir Trevor Brooking CBE and interviewees including former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Andy Burnham, it is the most thorough book ever written about football youth development and cracks through the age-old veneer of perceived wisdom that has stifled debate on the subject.

The Guardian said: ‘it skillfully analyses the successes and deficiencies of the academy system’ while the Daily Telegraph declared: ‘a copy should be on the desk of the manager, coach or proprietor of every football club in the land as soon as possible.’

Better Football had an exclusive in-depth interview with Chris Green when the book was launched (which you can find here) and we highly recommend you pick up a copy if you get the chance.

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