• Another Guest Session From A Current Pro Player!
    Another Guest Session From A Current Pro Player!
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    Brian in Action

    This week saw another pro player come into the academy at Manchester to share his experience and knowledge with the young players. Brian Wilson, currently a first team player at league one side Oldham Athletic, visited the academy to lead the boys in a series of sessions as part of his coach education route with the professional Footballers Association.

    Like many current professional footballers, Brian is looking to life after playing and gaining as many coaching qualifications as he can to continue his career in the game coaching. Brian has been following the coaching programme with the PFA, the organisation in the UK that supports professional players, for a few months and has been to the academy before to share his skills. The PFA chose the Edukick Academy for their northwest based players to coach due to the great partnership we have with the organisation. At the academy we are able to offer quality players, at times which fit the candidate’s schedules and quality facilities to match when required.

    Brian is currently on his UEFA B licence of the coaching ladder. Brian is currently the Oldham’s longest serving player after joining the club in 2014.The defender signed a two-year contract under Lee Johnson before extending that in 2016 for a further year. He started his career at Stoke City before joining Cheltenham Town. The full back impressed at Whaddon Road, making just under 150 appearances in a three year spell. Despite not being known for his goal scoring exploits, he notched 18 goals for Cheltenham Town before earning a move to Bristol City. His time at Bristol City did not go as planned and he only played 60 games for the Robins. However, a move to Colchester United followed and he was named club captain. In a four year spell, he made 163 appearances before moving back north.

    Brian coaching with the academy players

    Brian signed for Oldham in 2014 and became a fan’s favourite due to his consistent performances. He scored his first goal for Oldham against Bradford City in January 2017, slotting home from the edge of the box. Having impressed Brian was offered a new one-year contract at the end of the 2016/17 season.

    Brian’s session at the academy is just one of many previous and future planned sessions by current and ex professional players. These are excellent opportunities for the players on the academy to meet people in the game, game knowledge from the coaching and Q&A’s but also to get noticed. All of the guest coaches are currently working in or will be working in professional clubs around the area.

    A big thank you to Brian for his time this week and hopefully we will see him again soon at the academy leading a session with the team.

    To join the Edukick academy and experience these sessions regularly contact us – info@edukick.com

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  • Two Players Represent the County Side
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    Will & Zac playing for the county

    The Edukick Academy at our residential site in Ellesmere, with Ellesmere College and IH Manchester, has seen success locally for two of the players in their first year. Will Mullock and Zac Lennox have both represented their county in a game following recommendation from the Edukick coaches.

    Both Will and Zac started the programme at Ellesmere in September and have been training daily with the team and working hard on improving, this hard work and dedication was recognised by the academy coaches leading them to recommend these two for County Trials.

    In the UK to represent your school or academy in the county team is a big honour. Being selected as one of the best in the area for your age and being able to represent your area in a county match is a great achievement and can bring further success. These county fixtures often attract many high profile club scouts to watch, as they know they are watching the section of the best players from an area.

    Will and Zac both played in the game for Shropshire County against Hertfordshire. The boys did a fantastic job in representing the academy and school and were praised by the county coach for their ability and conduct.

    Well done to them both.

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  • Ex Manchester United Super star with the Edukick Players!
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    Manchester Uniteds Cliff Training ground, the training venue for the Edukick players this week.

    Here at the Edukick Manchester Academy we are always trying to teach our players that you just never know who is watching, whatever the session or game.

    This week the boys have a great opportunity to train at one of Manchester United’s famous training grounds, the Cliff. The cliff training ground used to be home to the Manchester United first team players and has seen some massive superstars through those doors over the years. Today the facility is used by the United foundation and the Manchester united academy as a training venue.

    The PFA also use the facility for their coach education programme and this week invited the Edukick Manchester boys along for the whole week to take part in the sessions with some up and coming coaches from the northwest. Once again this is a great opportunity for the players to showcase their ability in front of some influential people in the game from a variety of professional clubs across the northwest. Not only can they do that, but they can also taste a sample of coaching from different coaches and clubs.

    Dwight Yorke with Edukick Players

    Over the past few weeks head Coach Nigel has been talking to the players about taking all their opportunities and always being aware that anyone could be watching, and true to form that happened this week on the first day of training at the Cliff. Not only were the boys on show to all the coaches on the programme, but Ex Manchester United Striker, Dwight Yorke came along to see the sessions and met the Edukick Players.

    Dwight Yorke made 147 appearances for Manchester united and was a treble winner in his first season with the club developing a famous partnership up front with fellow Manchester United striker Andy Cole. Dwight went on that season to win the premier league’s player of the year and two further premier league titles with Manchester united before his move to Blackburn rovers where he was back with his old strike partner Andy Cole once more. Dwight also represented his country, Trinidad & Tabago and in the 2009/2010 had a spell as assistant manager with the international side.

    The Edukick players were delighted to meet such a superstar and Dwight was a true gentleman posing for pictures with the players.

    Dwight is currently working with the PFA towards gaining his UEFA A coaching licence to pursue a further career in coaching and managing in the professional game.

    Another great experience for the Edukick players. It’s not every day you get to meet a true superstar from one of the world’s top football clubs.

    The Edukick players will be at the Cliff training ground all week with the PFA, so who know who they will meet next.

    To join us in Manchester for these fantastic experience contact us now to book for a January start!

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  • Showcase Success – Ben signs for Radcliffe Borough!
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    Ben signs for Radcliffe Borough

    With only 1 week gone since the showcase event in Manchester we have our first success story as Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol signs for Radcliffe Borough FC in the Evostick North league.

    Ben has been training all season with the academy in Manchester, and has been showing promise in all training sessions and games. During the august trials Ben was highlighted by a few clubs who were in attendance, including our own academy coach Jon Macken. During the past few months, Jon has been given the managers role at Radcliffe Borough and has been keeping a keen eye on Ben during the academy training sessions. Jon & Frank had been in discussions with Ben about signing for the non-league side, however following on from his performance Ben signed and played for the first team that very night of the showcase. What a great result!

    Ben continues to train daily with our academy in Manchester and is a regular now in the reserves at Radcliffe, stepping up on occasions to the first team.

    We all wish Ben the best of luck in his first steps into the professional game in the UK. A great achievement.

    Following the showcase event we still have 3 further players who clubs are talking about, so watch out for our next success story.

    Our next showcase event in Manchester will he held on Friday 6th April 2018

    Click HERE for more information or to book!


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  • Guest Speaker – Kyle Wearing, Crewe Alexandra FC
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    Kyle visits the academy

    This week the players at the new boarding school site at Ellesmere College were treated to a guest speaker to share his expert knowledge first hand with them. Kyle Wearing, Sports scientist with league two side Crewe Alexandra, came to the academy to talk to the players about his role at the club, the importance of sports science with professional players and take questions to help the players’ development.

    Kyle, who has been to the Edukick academy on a few occasions, was formally a nutritionists at league one side Blackburn Rovers FC and has spoken to the Edukick players previously on correct diet and nutrition for the professional game. This time round the Ellesmere academy players got the best of both world, the understanding of sports science along with nutrition advice.

    Guest sessions such as this are vital part of our academy development. Having current professionals from the top clubs in the area come in and talk first hand to the players gives them a great insight into the professional game and backs up all the work the coaches at the academy do on a daily basis. The player can use these session to review their own part they play in doing all they can to perform at the highest level.

    Over the coming season we will have more guest speakers and coaches at the Academy sites to bring home professional football in the UK to the players.

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  • Honorat Mbemba Fundu
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    Name : Honorat Mbemba Fundu
    Nationality : Democratic Republic of Congo
    Position : Winger / Full Back
    Preferred Foot : Right
    Current Club : Green Point Salesian Football Club (LFA South Africa)
    Date of Birth : 17/08/1993
    Height : 1.68 m
    Weight : 70 kg
    Other Sports : CrossFit, Boxing & Martial Arts
    Played Youth Football at Dream Team Academy from Age 12-16 (2005 – 2009), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Joined Congo Foot Academy Football Club Aged 16 (2009 – 2013) including a participation in Airtel rising stars competition in 2012, Kinshasa / Democratic Republic of Congo
    Trained 12 weeks with Royal Brussels British Football Club (2013), Brussels / Belgium
    Played Local Football in Cape Town South Africa before eventually joining Green Point Salesian Fc  within Local Football Associations (2014 – 2017)
    Football Program at EduKick Manchester Academy (2017), Manchester / United Kingdom
    Currently in Season (April – October 2017)
    Games Played : 8 Apps
    Goals : 3
    Assist :  1
    Minutes Played : 675 min
    Football has been my passion ever since I was a kid, despite the high demands of higher education, I could still find the time to play my game. Through continuously researching for improvement,  knowledge and football opportunities; my path has directed me to the great city of Manchester where football is the most vibrant.
    Edukick Manchester offers great opportunities to really improve your football on all front and be coached by people with experience. During my time at academy, I had the opportunity to receive a session from former Leicester City player Richie Wellens, currently coach at Oldham Athletic; great head coach Nigel Keogh helps every players individually to improve several aspects of their game play.
    I would definitely recommend Edukick Manchester to any player willing to put the work in and improve their overall abilities. Personally, my time at Edukick Manchester helped me improve my technical abilities, individual skills and understanding of game play; all  those aspects will help me toward achieving my goal.
    Enjoys cutting inside to create chances
    Anticipates when to drop in or stay wide when necessary
    Confident with both feet
    Combative on and off the ball
    Enjoys dribbling past opponent through pace
    Relishes going in behind the defence
    Anticipates threat from opposition and support when own team attack
    Favourite Team : Arsenal FC
    Favourite Player : Thierry Henry
    Arsenal going 49 games unbeaten in English Football  is one of greatest example of what is achievable in Football as a Team. From that season 2013-2014 I fell in love with the team and this beautiful sport. Since then, I have been a fan and almost watched every single games from the Vieira penalty against United in 2005 FA cup final through the defeat in 2006 Champions League Final and the latest 2017 FA Cup Final against Chelsea after a though season.
    Role Model : Arsène Wenger
    Inspirational Quote : “If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.”
    Bachelor Degree of Commerce at CTI Education Group in South Africa
    Higher certificate in Business Management from CTI  Education Group in Cape Town, South Africa
    International English Language Testing System Certificate
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  • Players from Hulme Hall Grammar School Join Us!
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    Players from Hulme Hall Grammar School 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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  • Expert Advice From UK Football Trials Director
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    Expert Advice From UK Football Trials Director

    Head Coach Nigel talks about this week’s guest speaker – Harry Price

    ‘Director and founder of UK Football Trials Harry Price visited the school this week to talk to the lads about the upcoming football trials in April which they will be attending.

    Harry kindly gave up his time to visit the squad at IH Manchester to share his expertise and knowledge on what scouts look for within a football player. The 90 minute talk was full of information regarding the 10 key areas scouts evaluate each player on during the 3 hour trial which is held at Woodley Sports Village. It was interesting to see as head coach how engaged the players were and how relevant the work we do on the training field is helping the lads with their preparation.

    The lads were able to put questions to Harry about the process of being offered a trial within a professional / semi-professional club, who reiterated the importance of hard work, commitment and attitude were some of the key attributes a player must show to help secure a trial with a club.

    The squad benefitted greatly from the advice given by Harry and as the players coach I will be looking at those who are prepared to transfer this information onto the playing field, looking to give themselves an advantage over the other players.’


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