YOUTH FOOTBALL: Nine-year-old goalkeeper talent-spotted by Swindon Town after just three games

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Louis Scarpino-Cocking who has signed a contract with Swindon Town Academy Louis Scarpino-Cocking who has signed a contract with Swindon Town Academy

TALENTED goalkeeper Louis Scarpino-Cocking has his sights set on a Premier League career – just like his footballing hero Petr Cech.

Nine-year-old Louis, a pupil at Westonbirt Prep School, was first spotted by a Swindon Town scout after he had played just three matches with Wootton Bassett Town FC's U9s.

A year later he has signed a contract with Swindon Town following a two-month trial.

“As he was only eight we felt he should have a season playing football before he got involved with the Academy,” said Louis’ dad Simon.

Before he discovered football, golf was Louis’ favourite sport. Even his position as keeper was by chance.

“I thought I would give goal a chance for a few games and then change positions,” said Louis.

He now trains four days a week after school and plays a match on Sunday.

His favourite teams are Chelsea – for the English part of his heritage – and Juventus for his Italian side. His favourite keeper is Chelsea’s Petr Cech.

“I definitely want to play for any side in the Premier League,” said Louis.

Neil Shaw, headmaster of Westonbirt Prep School, said: “Louis’s determination and hard work is an inspiration to us all. He trains four afternoons a week after school and is so positive.”

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