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Every so often a footballer comes along whose story of success captures your imagination. Jamie Vardy's rise to fame did just that. After playing in non-league teams, Jamie signed for his first Premier League club, Leicester City FC, relatively late in his career at 25 years old. Jamie then went on to make history with his new team in 2016, when against all odds they won the Premier League and became overnight global sensations.

Today, through his V9 Academy, Jamie Vardy is now offering young footballers the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of playing in the Premiership. Inspired by his own experience, Jamie Vardy has scouted the nation for talented non-league players so he can bring them to the attention of Premier League and European teams.

One of the first three players signed for Jamie's V9 Academy is 25 year old Daniel Newton. Currently in his second year at Tamworth FC, where he has scored 15 goals this season, Daniel fits his busy training schedule around his full-time job as a maintenance engineer here at BPW Limited. Speaking about his impressive selection, Daniel said “The recognition of showing that I’ve got something and that someone such as Jamie Vardy believes in you is a great feeling. It is every footballers dream to be chosen to play full-time football and compete in the Premiership. The V9 Academy is an amazing experience to be a part of and I am excited to see what happens and where it will take me."

Premier League footballers are used to being in the public eye and the V9 Academy will be no exception, as Sky Sports will be filming their progress for a new six episode TV programme. As one of the V9 Academy stars, Daniel’s background and route into football has followed a very similar path to Jamie’s as both worked whilst juggling their footballing commitments. This will be featured in the programme alongside Daniel's preparations for the V9 Academy held at Manchester City’s training grounds in late May 2017. Held over 5 days, Daniel will compete in matches showcasing his talents to visiting Premiere League and European Teams looking to sign up new players.

The next few months will be an exciting phase in Daniel’s life as he looks forward to the great opportunities ahead.

Top Photo (L-R): Daniel Newton signs for Jamie Vardy's V9 Academy.

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