While it’s been a complicated year for GCSE students across the country, the end of Year 11 has brought good news for one particular Bedford Modern student.
16-year old, Jake Burger, has accepted a two-year contract with Championship side Luton Town and will join up with the Under 18 team in June 2021.
The professional youth side compete in a variety of competitions including the Under 18 Youth Alliance League, the South East Conference and the coveted FA Youth Cup.
The youth contract sets Jake on the course of becoming a professional footballer, with the student hoping to be offered a full-time professional contract at the end of his two years at Kenilworth Road.
Jake commented, “I am really pleased to be offered this contract. I know I am in a privileged position and I have worked hard for this since I was 9 years old.
“To get to the next stage will be tough but it is a great opportunity for me to build a pathway into a career in football. I would like to thank all the people who have helped me get to this stage.”
Luton Town finished 7th in the 2019/20 Youth Alliance South East division, with the side losing on penalties to West Ham Under 18’s in this season’s FA Youth Cup.
The news has come as no surprise to the Bedford Modern School sport department, who have always earmarked Jake as a stand out footballer.
“Jake is a committed player both on and off the pitch and always striving to better himself”, said Mr Park, Bedford Modern School’s Head of Football.
“It is no surprise that he has gained his scholarship at Luton and I am very happy for him. I wish Jake all the best on a tough but amazing journey in professional football.”
With coronavirus restrictions hopefully lifted by June, Jake will be able to start his professional journey without the COVID restrictions that have hampered many a career across the sport.