Talented Abbey School pupil Josh Donnelly, a Dover Athletic FC Academy player, will be living the dream after being scouted by a Florida university.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been offered a full scholarship to the Eastern Florida State University, having developed his skills through the academy programme run in partnership with The Abbey. He will play football for two years in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) division. Afterwards the teenager will take up another two-year contract playing for the University of North Carolina Greensboro Spartans.
Donnelly, who has appeared for the Whites’ first team, as well as in pre-season matches for Margate, was described by the US coaches as like “a young Danny Welbeck”. He will travel to America in August, despite breaking his jaw at Easter in a match against Bromley. Donnelly said: “I have metal plates fitted and I thought that might delay my departure but it turns out I can do my rehabilitation in the US.
Year 10 Performing Arts students created a showcase for a community audience with the title “IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?”
The students worked as a group, making decisions about the themes, format and music choices. After much discussion they agreed to focus our piece around WAR. Is there anybody out there listening to the news about war? - this is what the class imagined soldiers may be thinking, even in 2015, but especially in previous wars.
The class decided not to focus on one specific war but to create characters for each student, from different eras, expressing the soldiers’ feelings ... Is there anybody out there? Does anybody understand?
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