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by Nathaniel Price

Meshach's dream of playing professional football is about to come true; the money, the glamour, the fame, it's every boy's dream, so why is is he about to throw it all away?

Directed by Sally Avens

This is Nathaniel Price's first radio play and he's chosen to write about a world he knows well.

At the age of ten, he signed a 'schoolboy' contract with Crystal Palace FC, playing above his age range for the majority of time through to the under 19 squad, before

injury ended his ambitions. Subsequently he worked for The FA, the governing body of English football, within the Talent and Identification department, gaining an insight to the unique world of top level football. What became rapidly apparent was the complete lack of responsibility assigned to players. Everything is done for them, down to the tiniest detail. Their days are meticulously planned out; training, rest periods, dietary requirements etc. They are highly limited in what they are allowed to do off the field in their down time. Boredom and depression are more common place than people may expect. He began to realise that

for a rare few, football is neither a passion nor glamorous, it is a job;plain and simple. A means to try and provide for themselves and their family

a better life. Consequently, the pressure exerted upon them to succeed and earn lucrative contracts is immense. Few will make it. And for some,

a fear of being used by the people they are closest to and who wield the greatest power over them is all too real.

This is the world he writes about here. Nathaniel went on graduate from the MA Screenwriting Course at the National Film and Television School

Joivan Wade has appeared in Youngers, EastEnders and Dr. Who.

by Nathaniel Price

Meshach's dream of playing professional football is about to come true; the money, the glamour, the fame, it's every boy's dream, so why is is he about to throw it all away?

Directed by Sally Avens

This is Nathaniel Price's first radio play and he's chosen to write about a world he knows well.

At the age of ten, he signed a 'schoolboy' contract with Crystal Palace FC, playing above his age range for the majority of time through to the under 19 squad, before

injury ended his ambitions. Subsequently he worked for The FA, the governing body of English football, within the Talent and Identification department, gaining an insight to the unique world of top level football. What became rapidly apparent was the complete lack of responsibility assigned to players. Everything is done for them, down to the tiniest detail. Their days are meticulously planned out; training, rest periods, dietary requirements etc. They are highly limited in what they are allowed to do off the field in their down time. Boredom and depression are more common place than people may expect. He began to realise that

for a rare few, football is neither a passion nor glamorous, it is a job;plain and simple. A means to try and provide for themselves and their family

a better life. Consequently, the pressure exerted upon them to succeed and earn lucrative contracts is immense. Few will make it. And for some,

a fear of being used by the people they are closest to and who wield the greatest power over them is all too real.

This is the world he writes about here. Nathaniel went on graduate from the MA Screenwriting Course at the National Film and Television School

Joivan Wade has appeared in Youngers, EastEnders and Dr. Who.