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Hibernian FC academy announce unique recruitment event for disadvantaged players

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Hibernian FC's youth academy recruitment has taken a unique step and organised a pilot event aimed at providing an opportunity to young players who are potentially disadvantaged by the time of year they were born.
 
Recent studies have demonstrated that players born in the latter stages of the calendar year - specifically the 4th quarter (October - December) - are less likely to make the grade as a professional footballer.
 
The logic behind this is simple. With youth football in Scotland (and in the majority of European countries) operating by birth year, children born January will be the oldest players in the squad. Their physical development will be several months ahead of their team-mates and naturally they'll have an advantage. This advantage can lead to success on the park and in turn breeds confidence when they make the step up to play with older players at the latter age groups.
 
Hibernian released a story on their official website, stating:

The Hibernian Academy will run an event named “4th Quarter Kids” to give young players the opportunity to be assessed by Academy scouts and coaches on Thursday 7th April at the Hibernian Training Centre.  
 
Registration will take place at 3pm, and the event will finish at 5pm. No dressing room facilities will be available so players should come ready to play, and bring footwear suitable for astroturf and grass.
 
This event is free of charge, but is by registration only. Unfortunately players who are already registered with a professional academy cannot be considered.
 
As this is a pilot event, we can only accommodate players born in October, November and December in years 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. 

For more information on the event, click here.

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