‘You’re not alone’: the football camp giving released talents another shot | Football

A pensioner shuffles around the perimeter of a west London playing field and Chris Ramsey drops to one knee. “Not everybody makes it, but I’d say a third of players get there on a second chance,” Ramsey concludes to his audience of a dozen attentive young men.

The message of hope is a welcome one for a group of now former academy footballers, attending a pilot residential training camp hosted by Behind the White Lines. The guest appearance by Ramsey, the former Swindon, Southend and Brighton full-back, follows that of the former Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie a day before. Both…

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