Ex-Rushden and Diamonds youth player turns his hand to coaching

Being released as a promising young footballer from any youth side is a heart breaking experience but for Northampton born Jake Chamberlain it hasn’t made him fall out of love with the game.

The newly formed AFC Rushden and Diamonds are back in the game after liquidation in 2011. Image via: Rushden and Diamonds facebook
The newly formed AFC Rushden and Diamonds are back in the game after liquidation in 2011. Image via: Rushden and Diamonds facebook

Chamberlain was released by Rushden and Diamonds at the age of 17 after picking up a career threatening injury when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament whilst playing a youth cup semi-final against QPR.

The football mad youngster had been at the club since he was just 10 meaning he had spent much of his childhood at the side he had grown fond of.

“Being released by Rushden and Diamonds was obviously a big disappointment for me. I felt that I was progressing well before my injury and it was just awful timing.”

For many young players thinking of a life outside of the pitch is a daunting prospect but being released shouldn’t end your love for the game.

After playing against some of hottest prospects in the game in Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse, Chamberlain couldn’t leave the game he loves.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was one of the players that Chamberlain played against as a youngster. Image via: Google Royalty Free
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was one of the players that Chamberlain played against as a youngster.
Image via: Google Royalty Free

The 24-year-old has now turned his hand to coaching local football side Bursledon Youth U10’s in the Eastleigh and District Mini Soccer League with help from a close friend Conor Edwards.

“After my injury it was clear that I would never be back to my best on the football pitch as a player but I didn’t want to isolate myself from the game completely. So that’s why I turned my hand to coaching.”

“It allows me to still have the thrill of the game without causing myself any pain.”

The ex- Rushden and Diamonds midfielder has been in charge since the start of the season after the opportunity arose through completing his FA coaching badges.

Since taking over his side have impressed many in the league winning each of their last four games. The latest success saw his side win a tight game against Chamberlayne Red 2-1.

Jake Chamberlain (left) with Conor Edwards (right) with their Bursledon Youth U10's side. Image Via: Joe Griffiths
Jake Chamberlain (left) with Conor Edwards (right) with their Bursledon Youth U10’s side.
Image Via: Joe Griffiths

Chamberlain is now looking to progress with his team as they grow older and is adamant that he will give them the best shot he can at fulfilling what was unfortunately snatched away from him.

“Although I was never able to fulfil my dream and make it to the top level I want to give these youngsters the best opportunity to take that next step. I feel we definitely have a strong enough set up here to give them the best chance at progressing.”