Manchester December Updates!

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The last week of December was full of great technique training and work. The boys did an amazing job of mastering the new skills.

Training hard.

The beginning of the week brought in the Futsal training, which is a type of ball control. It adds a great advantage on the field by using quick passes in tight areas. The Spanish academy has also had great success with this.

EduKick Manchester v. Liverpool (under 18 squad).

Later on during the week, the team started working on more communication and controlling the ball. Problems with ball possession and misunderstanding around the team have actually cost the Manchester guys four goals at the Liverpool game.
The Man of the Match was Miles Kibukosya.
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Blackburn Rovers v. Huddersfield Town.

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On Saturday the boys headed out to visit Ewood Park to check out the Champion fixture, the result being 1 – 1. It was a great way for the team to see the training and skill involved with playing a good game at the highest caliber.

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Manchester Academy Update

Many things have been happening at EduKick Manchester

At least three coaching sessions and another game have happened in a week. Wednesday had a home game with Hopwood Hall, and the players are excited to play even more.
Here are some recent pictures from our guys.

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Zaan U-16 National Team Call Up

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Manchester’s Own Zaan

EduKick Manchester’s Ismail Zaan, aged 15, has been selected to be captain of the Maldives U16 National team for the upcoming 2015 SAFF U-16 Championship tournament.
The tournament will be held in Bangladesh, India, August 7-16. Zaan attended EduKick Manchester Academy 2014/15 season and will re-join the academy for a second year after competing in the SAFF U-16 Championship tournament.
Everyone at EduKick is excited for Zaan to receive, not just the call up, but the honor of captaining his country.

Good luck Zaan!

Spanish Soccer Academy: EduKick Students Enjoy Madrid

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Daily Routines

Everyday at Madrid students wake up at dawn in the university dorm rooms and prepare for the day of training ahead. After a simple Spanish breakfast, they begin daily language lessons and usual academics.
A workout in the gym follows with a specialized fitness training routine for each student-athlete. By then, it’s time for lunch in Madrid – the heartiest meal of the day here – introducing the student-players to many new foods and old favorites like tortillas.
Soccer practices and games take place during the afternoon, and in the evenings, a traditionally light Spanish dinner. Students often call home during this time as well as work on studies and spend time with new friends in the game room.
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Language and Culture

At EduKick Madrid, everyone works hard through training, practice, and academics. When it’s time to take a break, EduKick Madrid does the best “field trips” ever. The students-athletes get to enjoy a tour of the best Spain has to offer.

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Sight-seeing and cultural day trips to famous Spanish sites, football stadium tours, and attending professional football matches become memories for everyone in attendance. One favorite day trip includes crossing the lush mountains of Guadaramma on their way to Segovia.
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Another favorite is the trip to the Roman aqueducts or the 300-year-old fountains in the gardens of Alcazar castle.
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Student-athletes learn to appreciate something new in each of these adventures and have a wonderful time bonding with their teammates.
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SOCCER TIPS: Avoiding Dehydration

Drinking enough fluid should be a priority for every player and coach. Water keeps you cool from the inside out, increases blood flow to the muscles and brain, boosts stamina, bolsters focus and gives you the edge others may lack.
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Even slight dehydration (-2%) can lead to significantly poor performance. Greater loss causes damage in the form of heat exhaustion
#1 Mental Focus
Adequate water intake thins the blood to keep your brain well supplied with the oxygen it needs to process information quickly. Without it, you will find yourself lacking the ability to think quickly on the field.
Dehydration symptoms: Muddled thinking and slow mental response.

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#2 Muscle Strength
Taking in enough fluid allows for quicker muscle reactions and strength. Blood contains the nutrients your muscles crave. Adequate hydration sends blood flow where you need it most – your legs.
Dehydration symptoms: Headache and achy, sore legs that begin to tire easily.
#3 Overall stamina
Keeping a player hydrated before the game begins and especially during halftime can prevent poor performance in the second half of a game when others may be dropping off from exertion and slight dehydration.
Dehydration symptoms: Sudden exhaustion, feeling warmer than normal, dark or cloudy urine, sweating less than normal.

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EduKick Manchester: Hearing From the Experts

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Professional Advice

Throughout the year, our EduKick International Acadmies, including Edukick Manchester, bring in the professional people of football. The criteria for this is a successful or lifetime involvement in the sport, local coaches, staff, players and key team members who make it happen.

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Real Life Stories

In this case, we brought in Keith Rees to give real life stories and advice to the players. Keith is the Development and Recruitment Officer as well as Goalkeeper for Everton FC. He is a major participant in the English football system.
Keith spent the whole day at the school and spoke for an hour with the players. He offered them them insight into the values and ethos of the academy at Everton FC. He unfolded for them how communication works between staff and players about expectations and performance.
Pictures of our fantastic 2014/2015 year.
Neil Garside, EduKick Manchester Head Coach/BTEC Tutor, spent the last few months on these topics, so it helped to cements these principles into the minds of the student players.

Future Opportunities

As with all the experts we bring in, Keith’s wealth of knowledge brought much to the table. Not only his knowledge of the game, but also what he’s learned from his role at Everton, as an FA assessor of coaches, as a coach mentor, having worked with many top level players and working with Team GB at the Olympics.
We look forward to seeing Keith again, in 2015, as he has invited us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy.
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Choosing a Football Academy: The EduKick Standand

What Are EduKick Programs?

EduKick Programs extend from Intensive Soccer Training to Language Development to Academic Study and Intercultural Competence.
In addition to Year-long training programs, EduKick also offers specialized training programs: Goalie training, & Girls Programs, and Pro Soccer Trials.
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Intensive Soccer Training
In every one of our venues we have hired the best of the best in coaching excellence. Our coaches are focused on developing strength, character and knowledge of the game with each student-player.
With this focus they are able to draw from individuals the ability to work together as a team using their greatest strengths to support the other players, create a winning strategy and become the player they’ve always wanted to be.
Language Immersion
For EduKick, Language Immersion is vital to the development of any soccer player. The universal nature of the game makes learning other languages vital to communication among players.
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EduKick Academies overflow with student-players from around the world. So being multi-lingual offers the students more opportunities – not only for personal growth – but also for developing relationships with other students, coaches, and potentially scouts.
Our Language Programs are the best out there, using the well-proven method of immersion to create an environment for whole language learning. Students leave EduKick Programs with a firm grasp of a second language and greater world of opportunities open to them.

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