Josh wins scholarship with Leicester City

Josh Knight 16 who has signed for Leicester City Football Club.
Josh Knight 16 who has signed for Leicester City Football Club.

A young football prospect who has been committed to his school and club sides has won a scholarship with Leicester City.

Central defender Josh Knight, from Fleckney, found out a fortnight ago that he had earned a paid scholarship with the Championship side.

Josh Knight has signed for Leicester City Football Club

Josh Knight has signed for Leicester City Football Club

He will play after school until the age of 18, when Leicester City will then decide whther to offer him a professional contract.

The 16-year-old, who attends Robert Smyth Academy in Harborough, started playing football at Fleckney Athletic when he was seven-years-old.

He was signed up to the Foxes a year later and has been playing in their youth set-up ever since.

Josh said: “I’m nervous, but very excited.

“Only eight people were selected for the scholarship.”

He will be able to do some of his school work from City’s training ground.

Leicester City’s youth teams are competing in category one games, meaning Josh will get to play against the youth teams of Premier League clubs likes Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

It comes at a good time to be involved with City, as the senior team sits top of the Championship and are favourites for promotion to the Premier League.

For Josh, the scholarship is extra special because he is a Leicester City supporter.

As part of earning the deal, in a couple of weeks’ time Josh will be presented with a scholarship “cap”.

He has won numerous trophies in youth football and he plays football for his school team at Robert Smyth.

Mike Scully, a senior PE teacher at the school, said: “It is a fantastic achievement in such a competitive sport so congratulations to Josh and his parents for all the hard work and effort that they have put in over the years.

“The key thing with Josh is that he has always made an effort to play for the school.

“He has given up games for Leicester on a Tuesday on occasion in order to play for the school team.”

Josh has also played rugby but is now concentrating solely on his football as he fears that an injury in rugby would compromise the golden opportunity he has been given within football.

Josh said his parents and older brother Jordan are really happy for him.

His dad also plays football for Fleckney Athletic.

And Josh said his parents have been very encouraging about his football.