THE Academy’s Lead Sports Scientist, Lewis Chambers, is leaving the club today, and says that he will take many great memories along with him.
Chambers spent four years with the Academy and has seen players such as Ben Fox and Joe Sbarra progress from the youth team to become first-team players. He is departing for Dubai, where he will be a P.E. teacher.
On his time with the Brewers, Chambers said: “It has been a great journey. I have been at the club for around four years now, so I have seen them get promotion from League Two to League One, and then League One to the Championship. It has been a whirlwind journey and one which I am proud to have been a part of.
“On the Academy side, to see lads come through and make their debuts for the first-team is something that I am really proud of. I have met so many great people here and there are so many people that I want to keep in-touch with.
“I am really proud to be able to walk away knowing that I have made a difference. It is a massive credit to everybody at the football club, so many people have been wishing me well and I am just really pleased.”
Chambers, formerly a player in Notts County’s Academy, feels that his own experience of Academy football aided him in his time working with the Young Brewers.
He said: “You always hear about the players who are scholars and get a professional contract, you rarely hear about the ones who don’t get one and do something else positive in football. For me, that has been a massive asset and to be able to help the lads, because I know how they feel, has given me that edge.
“I wanted to be somebody that they could talk to, not just about football but anything away from football. I was once in their shoes so I know what it is like.”
Academy Manager Dan Robinson said: "Lewis has been a massive part of the Academy team and has helped the young players of the future in respect to their physical development as our lead Sports Scientist.
"He is not only a talented Sports Scientist, but a fantastic person and he will be missed by everybody."