Basford United youngster Ben Beresford has signed for Birmingham City.

Basford say he is ‘the first ever player from grassroots football to receive a scholarship for Birmingham City’s Under-16s.’

Manager Steve Chettle told the club’s website: “We are delighted for Ben and it’s testament to the work that (coach) Kev (Haynes) has done with Ben and the rest of the Basford United Under-16s.

“We are building a great reputation for producing players from within our own grassroots pathway and we want to continue this with more Under-16s progressing in our Educational Academy and pushing this season’s Academy group that already progressed to the second round of the FA Youth Cup.”

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