A Huntingdonshire schoolboy has started his own football club in a bid to become the next Sir Alex Ferguson
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HE might be the youngest football club founder in the country, but 15-year-old Ammar Qadeer, who also manages the newly set up Kimbolton Football Club, has to deal with one problem not faced by his idols – his players’ parents.
Ammar Qadeer, who attends Kimbolton School, has spent his young life dreaming of being a football manager – so when a group of school friends approached him about starting his own team, he jumped at the chance.
Despite being half way through his GCSEs, he rang the Football Association and set about getting his side up and running, entering two teams into the Cambridge & District Colts League and beginning his coaching badges.
He has now set about preparing his teams for the start of the season in September ... but it hasn’t all been plain sailing.
“The hardest part is dealing with the parents and gaining their trust,” said Ammar, who lives in Yaxley. “I know all of the players trust me but I question whether the parents have full faith in me.
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“It’s obviously going to be hard to deal with that side of things but as long as the players listen to me then I don’t mind what the parents think.”
Ammar, an avid Peterborough United fan who has renewed his season ticket despite relegation, will be running two teams from September – an under 13s team in the third tier of the Cambridge & District Colts League and an under 15s team in the fourth tier.
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For Ammar, whose idol is Sir Alex Ferguson, this is just the beginning of a journey that he hopes will lead to a career.
He said: “About two years ago I realised that this was what I wanted to do and the fact that I’ve created my own club shows that I’m serious and I’m confident I will do a good job. I’m doing my first coaching badge and I will continue to work my way up.
“This is my dream and I won’t give up now that I’ve set my sights on it.”
Both Kimbolton sides will be targeting promotion this year according to their ambitious manager, but are still looking for sponsors.
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