British-Sierra Leonean right-back Jaydan Kamason signs a professional contract with Manchester United

Jaydan Kamason, a British-Sierra Leonean right-back and Emerging Talent Programme graduate, is the first ETP player to sign a professional contract with Man Utd.

Manchester United have revealed that British-Sierra Leonean right-back Jaydan Kamason, a graduate of the Emerging Talent Programme (ETP), is the first player from the scheme to be rewarded with a professional contract by the club. A statement on the Red Devils’ website reported the news.

The Emerging Talent Programme was created to provide numerous children from the community with the chance to be involved with United and understand how the Academy works.

Led by Jen Mildenhall and other academy coaches, the scheme has been incredibly successful at engaging with schools, grassroots football clubs and other local groups in Manchester, with 12,000 children taking part in 500 primary schools, 200 secondary schools and hundreds of junior teams, plus 800 coaches taking part in workshops, webinars and practical sessions in the past year.

The program works in close coordination with United’s recruitment to discover talented footballers and allow them to develop at Carrington.

The 17-year-old Kamason who was born to a Sierra Leonean parent, joined the ETP when he was 10 years old and playing for Stockport Vikings and has been part of the main Academy group for the last six years.

Kamason is the first player of Sierra Leone descent to sign a professional contract with Manchester United.

United made an exception to their policy of not normally announcing a player’s first professional contract to celebrate the success of ETP in providing opportunities to children from Greater Manchester to show their abilities. Alongside Kamason, 46 players have registered as players, and 350 have registered at other professional clubs.

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