Meet Alex Parsons
2nd August 2011
Alex is a 1st year professional with AFCB.
Alex is one of the chosen beneficiaries of the afcb.vitalfootball.co.uk
donation scheme which offers financial assistance to young players at the football club.
Alex agreed to answer a few questions to enable us to get to know him a bit better Home town? 'Worthing, West Sussex School? 'Durrington High school, Worthing Previous clubs? 'I played for Worthing Dynamos. Preferred position? 'Either winger or striker, although playing anywhere will please me! How long have you been with the Cherries? 'I've been with AFC Bournemouth since I was 14. How did you get involved with AFCB and who spotted you? 'I was playing in a school league game and one of the Dads from the opposition knew a scout from Bournemouth. It went on from there! Best goal scored?'My best goal was my first goal for Bournemouth when I was with U14s against Portsmouth. I broke away from a corner in my own half and just kept running. It ended with a shot outside the box.
'I do have to say my goal at Dorchester Town this week was a nice little finish as well! Best moment in football so far?'It has to be getting a pro contract; the feeling was unbelievable! Most disappointing moment in football? 'My most disappointing moment in football was most definitely going on trial at Brighton and not being offered a contract. I was only about 8. Which football team do you support? 'I support Chelsea fc, and no glory hunter shouts please, after last season! Favourite player? 'My favourite player, even though he plays centre back, is John Terry. He will do anything to win a game of football! Best 3 stadiums you've played in?'The best stadiums I've played in are the Reebok Stadium for an FA Youth Cup game for Bournemouth 2 years ago. It was weird seeing the stadium on Match of the Day regularly and then going to play there!
'The next is Bristol City's ground for a reserve game 2 years ago; it was much bigger than I thought it was going to be.
'The third is probably Bristol Rovers ground, again 2 years ago. That was a great night after beating them 3-1 in the first round of the FA Youth cup after the week before they had beaten us in the league. Where does that exotic tan come from? 'Geoff this is most definitely the worst question in here but I've got to laugh! My grandfather (Nonno) is actually Italian so it comes from him I reckon! How has pre-season started for you? 'Yes it's been such a good experience having so many games and training everyday with the other lads. I've learnt so much from them all already, just watching little things that they do . What does a typical day's training involve? 'A typical day is training in the morning then you get a chance to do some extras afterwards. Then the whole team will have lunch back at the stadium after training at Canford School. In the afternoon we will split up into 2 groups and have a gym session at the stadium too. What are your hopes for this season? 'My hopes are to train well every day, trying to be consistent and perform well. Then hopefully from there I will get a chance in the first team and try to do the best I can at every opportunity I get! Would you consider going out on loan if offered the chance? 'Yes I would because it`s so different playing boys your own age as I have done so far, to playing men with a lot of experience and who are much more physical.
'I've spoken to a couple of the lads who have been on loan and they said it has helped them massively. Playing every week gives an opportunity to put skills from training into practice.
(Alex answered this question before this week`s announcement regarding his 3 month loan at Wimborne Town FC) How does the sponsorship from afcb.vitalfootball.co.uk help you? 'It helps me massively towards travel and accommodation costs, as I'm in digs at Bournemouth. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at vitalfootball for their contribution'
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