• A Great Start to Pre-Season
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    A Great Start to Pre-Season
    The Pre – season programme kicked off this week in Manchester and it’s been a great week. The players we have registered on the course are committed and determined to improve. It’s been a delight to see their commitment to the course and their desire to work hard, both in the classroom and on the pitch.

    With a packed timetable for most, the players have been reporting to the school in the centre of Manchester for 9am every morning. There is a split in the academic studies, with some following the BTEC sample sessions with Nigel on the football studies programme, and some on the EFL lessons with IH Manchester to improve their English. These boys on the study & football programme have been in class for 3 hours a day, dedicated to learning, then it is off to the training ground to get some football in.

    As its pre-season the football sessions are all about fitness, so Nigel and Jose have been working them hard for the 2 hours on the pitch, not only to improve technique, but also to get them fit ready for a demanding season ahead.
    For Devendra it’s been even tougher on the fitness side, as Devendra has signed up for the football only programme. He’s been at the training ground in the mornings too, working with Jose on his fitness and some one on one sessions to really home in on his improvements.

    A great start to the season and we look forward to the challenges ahead. Not long until the UK football trials, so they have to keep focused on that and keep improving.

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  • EduKick Manchester players are achieving success
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    Another one of the EduKick Manchester players are achieving success, this time its current EduKick Manchester Player Zaan (Ismail Zaan Amir)

    Zaan gets an International call up

    Zaan joined Edukick Manchester at the start of the 2014/2015 season, and as one of the youngest players on the programme has really impressed in his time. Zaan is a complete professional, both on the pitch and off the pitch, working hard in every aspect of the programme and being totally focused on success. During his year at EduKick Manchester, Zaan caught the eye of a few of the coaches during the PFA sessions at Blackburn Rovers, and the attention of the scouts during the UK football trials.

    Zaan’s development over the past season has been fantastic, all due to his ability to learn, take on board feedback and work hard to improve.All the work rewarded Zaan with the Young Player Of The Year award for 2014/2015 and now his effort has been rewarded during his summer break with Zaan being selected for his National U16’s side.

    During August 2015 Zaan will travel to the SAFF U16’s Championships in Bangladesh. He will be representing the Maldives but not only that, he will be leading them out as team captain.

    In their warm up games, they have been doing well, with a 5-1 victory and Zaan getting on the score sheet.

    Everyone at Edukick Manchester are tremendously proud of Zaan and wish him the best of luck at the tournament. Zaan will then be returning to Edukick Manchester for his second year on the programme, finishing his iGCSE’s and working more on his football, and with the experience of international duty who knows where he can take his football career.

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  • Hard Work during Pre-season Training
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    Hard Work during Pre-season Training

    It’s been a hard couple of weeks so far for the boys on the pre-season programme, however under the guidance of Nigel & Jose they are work really hard and enjoying their time, even though it’s so tough.

    So far we have had 100% attendance, a tremendous attitude and some great work rate from all the players involved. Reporting to the school for 9am every morning, other than those who are just doing football, the lads are studying hard, learning more about sport, fitness and the game in the UK. This week with Nigel they have been looking at coaching, trying to understand how coaches work, how they plan a session and the process they go through. It’s a great tool to have as a player to try to enable you to relate to your coaches. Similarly as JP says in this short interview, if soccer doesn’t work out for them coaching may be the line f work they would look at, to stay in the game.

    After the classroom sessions it’s been down to training and then the hard work really begins, with Nigel and Jose putting the lads through their paces to improve fitness and strength. This week, whilst Nigel was working on their aerobic endurance and testing how far they had come, Jose then led a session looking at their upper body strength, holding off players and being strong in challenges.

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  • Pre-season Trials
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    Pre-season Trials

    Week three of the 2015 pre-season session saw all the players attend the UK football trials session in Manchester.

    The UK football trials is something EduKick Manchester attends regularly with the team. Having formed a partnership with UK football trials in 2013/2014 EduKick Manchester sees this as a great opportunity for the player to showcase their talent. At all the trial sessions there are a number of pro club scouts watching the boys, at the last session in May there was 14 different clubs represented.

    During the time the EduKick Manchester players have been attending we’ve had a number of successes, with Matt being picked for Witton, Carlos heading to Everton, and others being called in for trials.

    Not only is it a great opportunity to be seen, but it’s also a great place for the players themselves to judge their own ability against some top players in the UK. Many of the attendees of the sessions are player who are at clubs and coming towards the end of their time there or have been released by professional clubs in the UK and are looking for further opportunities, so to just play alongside these players gives the EduKick lads a chance to see what they can do. For those players who are here for the full year programme, it also gives them a head start at the next trial. They will know exactly what to expect and will be a lot more prepared for the day.

    In this August trials session it was interesting to watch the sessions the boys were doing with the pro coaches. All the sessions were similar to those that Nigel has been doing with them over the past 2 ½ weeks, so they should be ready.

    Hopefully we will receive some positive feedback from the session and we can see once again an EduKick player progress on.

    The next UK football trials session is in October, so book your player on the EduKick Manchester month long programme in October to gain entry into this trial, however places are limits, so act soon!

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  • PFA Session in the Sun
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    PFA Session in the Sun

    As spring broke this week the sun was out for the boys as they attended the PFA coaching at Curzon Ashton.

    Over the season the Edukick team have been present at nearly all of the PFA coach education days, giving opportunities for the players to meet and be coached by such players as Quinton fortune, former South African international and Manchester United star who played under Sir Alex Ferguson for seven years, Trevor Sinclair who played for England 12 times and is still seen as the goal of the FA cup, when he scored an overhead bicycle kick against Barnsley for QPR and current Manchester United and England star Michael Carrick.

    This week the lads were treated to session from Gerry Harrison, Chris Hurst and Michael Raynes.

    Gerry is a former professional football who has played in the football league for a host of clubs including Watford, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Hereford United, Burnley, Sunderland, Luton Town, Hull City and Halifax Town,

    Michael Raynes who was signed as a young 12 year old by Edukick Manchester head coach Neil Garside in 1999 for Stockport County centre of excellence,  has played professionally for Stockport County, Swansea, Scunthorpe United, Oxford United, Rotherham United, Mansfield town and Carlisle United.

    Chris Hurst a former trainee at Macclesfield Town and is now pursuing a coaching career at the highest level.

    Sessions from all three were great this week and gave the lads another chance to shine in front of some influential people in the game. Further opportunities that they can grasp, as did Blaiz who has secured himself a 6 week trial with Championship side and former premier league champions Blackburn Rovers following last month’s PFA sessions at the Cliff, training ground of Manchester united. Blaiz was seen by the Blackburn coach attending their course, along with the others who commented on his ability. Blackburn then sent their head scout to the game the following week and for his last 6 weeks with Edukick he will be part of the Blackburn Rovers youth set up, hoping to really showcase what he can do. Just another example of never knowing when your opportunity may come.

    We still have several of these PFA sessions left this season, with many more planned going into the new season, so hopefully they can prove to be a further showcase platform for our players now and in the future.

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  • An Exciting New Project!
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    An Exciting New Project!

    Edukick Manchester international football academy has never stood still. The well-established academy’s continuous innovations are leading to more and more exciting pro club show case / try outs than ever before. This in turn is leading to more student players gaining extended pro club trials. 14 year old Blaiz Hall from Bermuda will soon begin an extended 6 week trial with English Championship club, Blackburn Rovers FC’s youth academy.

    It is against this background that EduKick Manchester announce a brand new football education pathway for international players aged between 14 and 21 years.

    EduKick Manchester has teamed up with the successful Hulme Hall Grammar School, based in leafy Cheadle Hulme, just south of Manchester. This popular UK independent school will provide the daily education for all of EduKick’s student players aged between 14 and 16 years. This offers these young footballers the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the genuine English high school experience whilst joining the EduKick Manchester professional academy for training and match play three afternoons per week. Students enrolling aged 14 and 15 years will follow the UK national curriculum and prepare for the 16+ national GCSE examinations in Maths, English and Science.

    Hulme Hall Grammar School was the school of choice for Kasper Schmeichael, son of Peter Shmeichael and goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and the Danish national team. Kasper was enrolled at the school when his father was goalkeeper for Manchester United.

    “This academic year we have continued to work with the PFA to allow our players to enjoy regular guest coaching sessions led by Quinton Fortune, who played for Manchester United for seven years under Sir Alex Ferguson. These same quality coaching and exposure opportunities will now also be available to our younger players, too.” Pointed out Director, Pete Hayes.

    Academic English language teaching and support will be provided by the International House Manchester study centre embedded within the school campus. This will also enable student footballers to take English language classes and prepare for recognised English language examinations, like Cambridge and IELTS, whilst also participating fully in the professional football coaching offered by the academy.

    “We’re so excited about this opportunity because now it allows even younger international players to experience a British education whilst taking advantage of every pro soccer opportunity offered by EduKick Manchester Academy!” enthused Director of Football, Mick Brennan.

    “As our roll of honour continues to grow and more of our international young players achieve that coveted first pro club trial, it is clear why EduKick Manchester is the only choice for the serious international hopeful.”

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  • Kolo Toure at EduKick Manchester
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    Kolo Toure at EduKick Manchester

    This week, as part of the relationship with the PFA, the Edukick players were treated to an afternoon with Liverpool FC & Ivory Coast star Kolo Toure.

    Kolo is currently undertaking his UEFA B coaching award with the professional footballers association and needed a reliable and well drilled team to work with for his coaching session, so the PFA recommended Edukick.

    Taking time to travel from Liverpool, prior to his training in preparation for the Merseyside Derby against Everton in the week, in which Liverpool came out 4-0 winners, Kolo came to the EduKick training ground and led an afternoons training.

    For the lads it was a great experience and opportunity to listen and take tips from a player at the top of his game. Kolo started his career in the UK at Arsenal, making 326 appearances for the London club. In 2009 he moved to Manchester City, where he helped them win their first title in 44 years, alongside his younger brother Yaya. In 2013 Kolo moved from Manchester to Liverpool, joining the red half of Liverpool. Being only one of six players to win the premier league title with two clubs (Manchester City & Arsenal) Kolo is well placed to really showcase to the edukick lads what top level professional football is like. Internationally Kolo is the second most capped Ivory Coast player.

    During the session at EduKick, Kolo took the lads through a small technical session before moving onto a phase of play, where he was able to really put into practice his experience with real life examples of situations.

    A great afternoon for the boys and one they will remember for a long time.

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  • Blaiz at Blackburn
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    Blaiz at Blackburn

    This week Blaiz Hall, one of the younger EduKick players, took a step into professional academy life when he started his trial period at championship side and 1994/95 Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers FC.

    Blackburn Rovers are currently in the news in the UK for two reasons, firstly announcing their Manager Paul Lambert will leave the club at the end of the season and are in the search for a new leader to take them forward, but mainly as people track the progress of current Premier league leaders Leicester City. This weekend Leicester City are just 1 win away from doing what everyone though was impossible, and beating the big boys to the premier league title, a feat only ever done once before in the history of the premier league when Kenny Dalglish led Blackburn Rovers to a final game of the season show down and title win in 1995, with the likes of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in the Blackburn side. This title win and club fame meant that Blackburn could really push on to build one of the country’s top academy set ups, which has produce top players who have gone on to play for their countries, such as David Dunn, Damian Duff, Phil Jones (now of Manchester United) to name but a few. All these famous names and history will be posted around the academy walls for Blaiz to see and aspire to.

    Blaiz has previously been on trial at Crewe Alexandra, however logistical issues of travel prevented him from going any further with the club. Now once again he’s been spotted through the UK football trials and the Edukick PFA sessions by Blackburn Rovers FC and has another shot at it.

    Back in February Blaiz attended the UK football trials session with the Edukick team. On the trials he stood out and had a few coaches talking about him, yet immediately after the trial no call backs for him were made. Later that month as part of his football ad education programme with Edukick Blaiz was one of the players who visited the Cliff training ground, one of the Manchester United training facilities, as part of the PFA sessions. At this session were coaches from all around the North West professional clubs, including Blackburn Rovers. The coach, who led one of the younger age groups, saw the potential in Blaiz and during the session sent through his comments to the Blackburn Rovers Scouts. In the week that followed one of the chief scouts attended the Edukick fixtures to track Blaiz’s progression, unbeknown to Blaiz himself and the other Edukick lads, and was impressed enough to invite Blaiz along to the fantastic Brockhall training facilities to join the U15’s on an initial 6 week trial.

    This time travel wasn’t an issue, With Edukick’s contacts in the north-west and history of the programme being aligned with the championship club back when the programme kicked off 10 years ago, it was just a quick call to one of our trusted Blackburn Host families, Tony & Amanda and Blaiz got a new home for the duration of his trial and a loving caring family to help him along in Blackburn.

    Blaiz kicked off his sessions on Wednesday at the club, doing well and settling in Ok. Thursday was his second session where he felt a little more comfortable in the session and once again performed well in amongst some top level players. This weekend it’s a Saturday morning training session for Blaiz and a fixture against Huddersfield Town Academy, when he will get to pull on the Blue and white halves of Blackburn Rovers for the first time.

    We all wish him well on his further sessions and will keep you all updated on his progress.

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  • Danny Philliskirk at Edukick Manchester
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    Danny Philliskirk at Edukick Manchester

    This week the Edukick players received yet another guest coaching session thanks to the PFA connection. Over the past two seasons now the Edukick players have been linked with the PFA as players on their coach education programmes. This has led t the likes of Michael Carrick, Kolo Toure, Quinton fortune to name a few coming along to the Edukick training ground to coach the boys as part of the course.

    This week they have a guest session from current Blackpool FC Midfielder Danny Philliskirk. Danny is another one of the many professional players seeking out further coaching qualifications to extend their career in the game.

    Danny, current number 17 for the tangerines, started his footballing career with Chelsea FC as a youngster. From there he had spells at Oxford, Sheffield United and Coventry before a settled spell with northwest side Oldham Athletic. Danny is now part of the Blackpool FC side but is looking to his future after playing and taking on his coaching qualifications.

    Danny came to the Edukick training ground this week to work with the lads to gain valuable experience and have an assessment from the PFA coach educators. Having a discipline and coachable team is a real asset for these players who have to find time in their busy schedules to get the coaching hours in, and for the EduKick lads it’s a great experience to have a current professional in the training ground to share and pass on their experiences.

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  • Players from Hulme Hall join Us
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    Players from Hulme Hall join Us

    Last Monday we welcomed along some of the Hulme Hall Grammar Students and staff to the training ground to join in the session and meet the staff.

    EduKick Manchester has teamed up with the successful Hulme Hall Grammar School, based in leafy Cheadle Hulme, just south of Manchester. This popular UK independent school will provide the daily education for all of EduKick’s student players aged between 14 and 16 years. This offers these young footballers the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the genuine English high school experience whilst joining the EduKick Manchester professional academy for training and match play three afternoons per week. Students enrolling aged 14 and 15 years will follow the UK national curriculum and prepare for the 16+ national GCSE examinations in Maths, English and Science.

    Hulme Hall Grammar School was the school of choice for Kasper Schmeichael, son of Peter Shmeichael and goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and the Danish national team. Kasper was enrolled at the school when his father was goalkeeper for Manchester United.

    The pupils from the school took part in the 2 hour session at the Edukick training ground and mixed with our international players to see what it was all about, in the hope of joining us for the full programme from September.

    Adding into the mix some UK based players from the school will really bring an extra vibe to the Edukick Manchester programme, another way to push and challenge our young players and search for talent.

    The programme kicks off in September 2016 for students and players under the age of 16. UK player can join the school and add the football programme to their weekly schedule along with international player who will be provided with a safe and secure host family near the school.

    If you are from outside the UK and wish to participate in this programme you can contact Edukick via email info@edukick.com

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