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By Amy Houston, Senior Reporter

September 30, 2022 | 2 min read

A harrowing short film from the non-profit organization Certified Sports details the impact of being dropped from a football club at a young age and the repercussions for players.

In ‘Dropped’, viewers hear firsthand about the realities of mental health issues that are prevalent in youth football. The abrupt rejection during a time when kids are vulnerable can often result in feelings of inadequacy and have a long-lasting impact.

More than three-quarters of academy players are let go between the ages of 13 and 16 and often this happens with no warning and little support. To put it bluntly, just 0.012% of academy players will ever turn professional.

Produced pro bono by House 337’s Rob Sanderson, the campaign is the brainchild of former Fulham FC academy player Max Noble, who was dropped at a young age after needing double knee surgery. With the project, it hopes that aftercare will be made a legal duty for all professional football academies


Director: Robert Sanderson

Cinematographer: Richard William Preisner

Production: House337

Producers: Kabir Malik, Max Noble, Robert Sanderson

Executive producer: Melody Sylvester

Post producer: Kabir Malik @ Kabbage

Editors: Rob Sanderson, Sam Hopkins

Colour: Alexandre Nerzic @ Big Buoy

Grade producer: Stacia Akaba @ Big Buoy

Sound design and composition: Jack Rowley @ Octa Audio

VFX: Brian Carbin and Joe West @ Stone Dogs

Design: Andy Mcguigan

Thanks: Sabrina May, Georgina Moxey, Ollie Campbell

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