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Copland kids can follow Raheem

PUBLISHED: 15:38 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:57 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky QPR pocketed half a million pounds from Raheem Sterling s move to Liverpool – and the teenage sensation s former classmates may benefit as well. The 15-year-old attacking midfielder has now left Copland Community College, Wembley, to begin a

By Ben Kosky

QPR pocketed half a million pounds from Raheem Sterling's move to Liverpool - and the teenage sensation's former classmates may benefit as well.

The 15-year-old attacking midfielder has now left Copland Community College, Wembley, to begin a new life on Merseyside after the two clubs agreed a compensation deal.

But Copland football coach Paul Lawrence says Sterling's success has triggered a renewed level of interest in some of the school's other young hopefuls.

"Since Raheem signed for Liverpool I've had quite a few clubs phoning me up - including one of the main scouts from QPR - wanting to know who else we've got," said Lawrence.

"That'll have a knock-on effect throughout the school because Raheem's move encourages other players to think that if they've got ability and the right attitude, the opportunity could be there for them as well.

"It's a great opportunity for Raheem because - with no disrespect - he'll be playing for and against a much better quality of player than he would at QPR.

"The reserve team at Liverpool are going to include international players, which can only improve him, as will the prospect of training with people like Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun."

Another attacking player from Copland, Reece Mitchell, has already been playing for Chelsea's under-16 side and received the offer of a three-year scholarship there.

Jonas Kebonga, another Copland student, will be joining Chelsea's youth set-up next year, and the school also have players currently on the books at Crystal Palace, MK Dons, Barnet and Luton Town.

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