Blaiz at Blackburn
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.