Oundle keeper signs with Premier League football club

After a season as Leicester City’s U12 goalkeeper, Oundle School pupil has signed a two-year contract with the club

Freddie Craven started with Lincoln City as their U11 goalkeeper, moving to Leicester City last year as their U12 goalkeeper on a one-year contract. He trains on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Leicester’s training ground in Belvoir Drive, with matches on a Sunday.

Freddie says: “Playing for the team I support is a dream come true. I do my homework at lunchtimes in the library and catch up any lessons I miss as soon as I can in order to train,” commented Freddie. “Missing the lunchtime football with my friends is difficult but I realise I have to make choices so that I can go to Leicester to train with my squad.”

Highlights for the team this year include a Premier League tournament in Ypres and playing Chelsea and Liverpool away. Freddie, who admires Leicester’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, also enjoyed playing his last match of the season at The King Power Stadium, home to Leicester City – arriving by the players’ entrance, using the first team changing rooms and playing on the pitch.

“We have improved over the season and played some great football.  However at the moment it is all about our continued development.  Only the first team needs to win,” added Freddie.

Freddie’s tutor and Deputy Housemaster, Mark Sanderson, commented: “I have been continually impressed with both Freddie’s determination and level of organisation. Juggling his extensive footballing commitments with the significant demands of his schoolwork is no mean feat and I cannot commend Freddie highly enough.”


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