Success for the EduKick Manchester Soccer Academy!
The first Edukick Manchester independent showcase event on Friday, August 25th, 2017, was a smashing success. All players registered with the program, along with some invited players from a local non-league side, got to show their ability to scouts and representatives from clubs around the northwest.
The afternoon kicked off with a guest session from Leicester City player Richie Wellens. Richie, an English former professional footballer who primarily played as a central midfielder, is currently a first-team coach at Oldham Athletic. He has been to the international academy on a number of occasions for guest coaching sessions.
However, Friday, Wellens personally prepared players for the up and coming showcase event and shared with them his experiences breaking into the professional game. His ability to relay the game from every aspect provided a great enrichment for the players.
After the guest session from Richie, the Edukick boys were put into a showcase game under the watchful eye of one of the Oldham Athletic academy head coaches, Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA) representation, Adam – one of the Manchester City Academy coaches and the Radcliffe Borough head coach.
In a very competitive game, the players showed great ability, impressing the on-looking representatives with some real success.
The PFSA has requested the details of one of our players, hoping to take him to some of the semi-professional and lower league clubs in the northwest for trials.
Oldham Athletic has offered for four of our players to be invited into the Academy during September in order to: train with the teams, see what a club training environment is like, test their ability against players who have been signed by a professional club and enable the boys to sample first-hand what level they need in order to compete.
Overall the showcase event was a great success for the Edukick Manchester Academy, enabling players to have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability and giving five players the opportunity to progress on to further trials or training!
Follow the news and Facebook updates in the coming weeks to see more about those who are taking these opportunities.