An MK Dons training team visited the school on 7th November to lead a coaching session for Year 7 pupils from around the local area.
The team included four first team players, Jason Banton, Patrick Bamford, Giorgio Rasulo and Dele Alli, who are all tipped as rising stars of the future. Bamford is on loan from Chelsea and won October’s League One Player of the Month, while Alli is an England U17 international who has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs. Rasulo has also represented England at U17 level, and is the youngest player ever to appear for the Dons in the FA Cup, featuring in a game last year aged just 15.
The club’s community coaches took charge of training in the sports hall, which was followed by a Q&A and autograph session with the players. All participants received an MK Dons ‘goody bag’ and Mr Grant described the visit as a ‘very successful event’.
Gary Waddock, the assistant manager of MK Dons and former Republic of Ireland international, was also on hand to oversee a Year 9 first team practice, which included three AGS students currently playing for the Don’s academy. He held a Q&A after the session, dispensing football advice and fielding questions from the boys about his lengthy playing career. Rumours that his trip was actually a pilgrimage to seek tactical advice from Mr Barrie have not yet been confirmed.
The event was part of the ‘Aylesbury Big Day Out’, which allows Aylesbury residents to purchase discounted tickets for the game between MK Dons and Coventry on 30th November.