Colchester United's young players were given the lowdown on how to work with the media on Wednesday.
Having arrived as full time scholars earlier in July, the U's new U18s players were guided through their first media training by the club's media team.
They were given suggestions on how to make their way through interviews, along with how to make the most of social media whilst also avoiding the potential pitfalls.
A number of new faces have started at the club in recent weeks and these are the names you should be looking out for in 2017/18 (and beyond!).
Castle Manor Academy, Haverhill
Signed at the end of the U14s season, having previously played for West Ham. Adept at breaking up the play through reading the game and instigating attacks through passing.
Southend High School
Joined as an U9s player from Chelmsford City. Noah is a creative midfielder with an eye for a defence-splitting pass and has had a knack of scoring outstanding goals over the seasons.
The John Warner School, Hoddesdon
Joined as a U14s player from Broxbourne Borough. Vocal and a good shot-stopper – Cabhan is following in the footsteps of his brother Connor, who was a scholar in the season the U18s won the treble.
Claydon High School, Ipswich
Signed as an U15s defender from Needham Market, having impressed in a game against Colchester United’s Academy. Kyle is an accomplished ball-playing defender, who is very composed in possession
Holbrook Academy School
Jack is a larger than life character who was picked out when playing for Brantham U14s against a Colchester United Academy side for his defensive qualities and his ability to step out of a defence with the ball.
Thurstable School in Tiptree
Max joined the club as an U9s player and earned a place within the Thurstable School programme. A technical player, Max had developed the great knack of arriving late in the penalty area and has contributed thirteen goals so far this season.
Centre Back / Right Back
Philip Morant School
Kieran possesses natural defensive qualities and a fantastic range of passing. He was previously at the club as Foundation player before playing for Stanway Villa, then re-joined the Academy at U14s level.
Tending Technology College
Reuben is a mobile and hard-working attacker who scored over twenty goals last season. He was recommended to the club by former U’s player Kem Izzet having played for KISA & Holland FC.
Thomas Gainsborough School
Joined as an eleven year old from Cornard Dynamos. Ollie is an exciting and direct left-footed winger who has excelled in his 1v1 attacking.
King John School, Benfleet
Joined as an U13s player, having previously been at Southend United. Frankie has all the physical attributes of a modern day full-back – quick, powerful and with a hammer of a left foot.