King’s Lynn Town Academy u19s with coaching staff and officials.Picture: Submitted.

FOOTBALL: Two former pupils of King Edward VII High School have not forgotten their roots.

Michael Moore and Karl Lanham have returned to sponsor new kits for the King’s Lynn Town Academy u19s, who are based at what is now an academy.

The pair now run Complete Commercial Finance and the head of academy Alex Cross said: “To have two former KES pupils supporting the programme shows the strength of the school, which is a vital part of our plans going forward.

“After reviewing the current academy setup, we have put together a clear footballing pathway that will feature opportunities for players from u8s through to a newly formed u23s team.”

One of the sponsors, Michael Moore, said: “As a King’s Lynn business and being former KES pupils ourselves, both Karl and I are enormously proud and delighted to sponsor the initiative between the school and King’s Lynn Town FC to support young sporting talent in our community.

“We are both passionate football fans and having played for the school ourselves, this association is particularly significant for us. 

“We wish the players every success for the rest of the season and look forward to seeing their talent progress with the support of the Linnets.”

The school’s head of sixth form, Alistair White, said: “It’s fantastic that ex-students still have this connection with KES and want to support in this way. 

“I think this says a lot about our school. Our students go on to play important roles throughout the local community and in a range of industries. 

“It is great that our current cohort see this and can be inspired by their success. 

“One of the wonderful things about King Edward VII Academy is the continued support it gets from its alumni. 

“The Old Lennensians are a constant source of encouragement. 

“They love the school and are always looking at ways they can give back.”

School principal Sarah Hartshorn added: “KES is not just about the children and staff within it but about how it works with the local community. 

“We are blessed to have so many local people that are such wonderful advocates of this great historic school.”

To find out more about the football academy programme, visit the https://form.jotform.com/Kings_Lynn_Town/Academy web page.