Meet young footballer Trey Small
PUBLISHED: 10:41 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:41 17 October 2016
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Bromley FC Academy footballer Trey Small on his dreams of turning professional. Pictures by: Manu Palomeque
Tell us about yourself
My name is Trey Tyrese Small. I am 17 years old and I live in South London. I went to St Joseph’s Primary school, then on to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. I live with my mum and older brother.
I have been playing football since I was five years old. My mum got me into the sport when she saw I showed passion and love for the game and how much I enjoyed it.
I have played for four teams at Sunday league level and have been on trials at teams such as Crystal Palace, Millwall and Brentford.
I have always been selected for my school football teams and have been top goal scorer for many years. I can play striker, the number 10 role and either of the wings. I support Arsenal FC and Lionel Messi is my favourite footballer.
What are you doing now?
I currently play for Bromley FC Academy and I am on a BTEC Level 3 course. My main aim is to try to get into a first team at a semi-pro level and hopefully work my way up the ranks. I am training hard and getting myself ready for the season ahead.
I have been on many football tours abroad, including Holland and Belgium. Another tour I have been on is the Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden, the biggest youth tournament in the world. I attended in 2015 with Bromley FC and I am going again this year. I am currently in training and preparation for this.
your ambitions for the future?
My dream is to become a professional footballer. I think at the level I am currently playing at now, a semi-professional team would be the best thing for me and I could work my way up into professional football.
I had a very good and successful first season with Bromley FC Academy but I know I have a few things to work on before I am ready to play at first team level and I will do everything I can to achieve that.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself either playing semi-professional football or hopefully higher, or having a job in football, such as coaching. My dream and main goal since I started playing football was to become a professional footballer and I will do everything I possibly can to achieve that goal and make my mother proud.
Your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies are playing football, listening to music and watching sports on TV.
I also like to watch documentaries because I find them interesting. I like to watch boxing sometimes if someone I know is fighting. Also if I have time, I like to go out and play football with friends, mainly people I play football with on a regular basis. Another thing I like to do is go for a jog, mainly to keep myself fit but also to get fresh air when I have been in my house all day.
Your favourite music?
I like to listen to all types of music but my favourite is Hip-Hop/Rap. My playlist consists of all types of music, old and new. Before a match, listening to music helps me feel relaxed and really gets me focused for the match and that helps my performance.
The last book you read?
The last book I read was Touching the Void, to help me with one of my exams. I really enjoyed reading it and I think it really helped me.
Advice to young footballers?
My advice to young footballers looking to play at academy level is to always work and train hard and also impress the coaches.
At academy level, the standard is high and there is always competition for places in the team and the starting 11. Most importantly enjoy your football and have fun.
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