§ 34. Mr. Oppenheim
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many members of the England football team in the world cup competition had received football training under YTS.
§ Mr. Howard
Two members of the England football team—Paul Gascoigne and David Platt—have received football training under YTS.
§ 38. Mr. Stevens
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he last met a professional footballer who had received football training under YTS.
§ 45. Mr. Evennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the football training made available under YTS in recent years.
§ Mr. Howard
Football training has been provided under YTS and now under youth training since the introduction of YTS in 1983. All 92 Football League clubs are involved in youth training.
The effectiveness of the training is evident from the substantial number of ex-trainees now playing regular first team football at clubs throughout the four divisions of the Football League and at international level. The last four young players of the year, including this year's winner, Matthew Le Tissier, were trained on YTS, as were Paul Gascoigne and David Platt, who excelled in England's world cup team in Italy this year.