Ben Trotter, Age 25 and a Shildon lad through and through!
Born in Shildon he started playing the game aged 7 in a local junior team which led to a signing for Newton Aycliffe FC before coming back to his roots in 2017
Playing for a hometown club is every lads dream and Ben is no different:
“lots of friends and family support the club, it was an easy decision to make and speaking to management I can see their ambition for the future”
Ben has recently been named Shildon AFC’s captain just as they announce plans to grow the community club over the next 3-5 years. He made his first appearance in his new role on 6 November.
“I could not feel any prouder representing my home town on the pitch as Captain, I didn’t see it coming at all, and it’s a fantastic opportunity”
Although not a top scorer, when he does he loves to celebrate with the fans and can be seen heading off towards the crowds. He’s also racked up quite a few yellow cards.
His hopes for the future include bringing home silverware, working with the partners to encourage young people into sport and continue to enjoy being part of such a great team.
Off the pitch his interest in sport does not stop there, he is also a Sports Tutor at Bishop Auckland College.
If there’s any time free after that he spends it in sunnier climates.