The youngsters, along with their parents and relatives, were invited to the KCOM for an induction evening, where they were given a presentation by Academy Manager Jon Beale and Academy Coach Daniel O’Keeffe in the 1904 Lounge to outline what life will be like at the Academy’s Bishop Burton College during the 2019/20 season.
Beforehand, the boys were taken pitchside, posing for photos and taking in the surroundings where they will one day hope to make their debut, before heading to the home dressing room to be presented with their very own Hull City home shirt, freshly printed with their surname.
Our future Under-9s then headed back to their families in the 1904 Lounge to officially sign for the Academy in front of the cameras. The young lads’ contracts will see them work under the tutelage of Academy coaches next season as they look to improve their skills and progress to the next level of their young careers.
Speaking after the event, Academy Manager Beale said: “It was a great evening and a little introduction to what Academy football is all about for the lads’ parents.
“We think it’s important to celebrate the young lads signing their very first contract with a professional football club. Hopefully, it will be the first of many for them all.
“To see so many smiles on the lads’ faces, especially when they were presented with their shirts, made all the work done in planning the event worthwhile.”