• 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!
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    With only 1 week gone since the football 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 football 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. For more information or to book contact us now!

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  • Showcase Event
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    The second showcase event at Edukick Manchester took place this week, and once again was a huge success with over 45 players involved and 5 of those being looked at further by professional or semi-professional clubs.

    Warm up for the showcase event

     

    Following on from the first Edukick showcase event in August where 4 players were invited to League 1 side Oldham Athletic for further training, the team in Manchester hosted the second showcase event for the Manchester Academy, the Ellesmere Academy and local players.

    The day’s events kicked off with a talk from Edukick Manchester coach and former Manchester City Striker Jon Macken. Following the initial warm up the players were put through their paces by the Edukick coaches Chris, Jon and Head coach Nigel in a range of drills to help showcase their ability, understanding and coachability.

    Edukick manchester Lads warm up for Showcase

    After a short lunch break the players were once again give advice from a former player who knows what clubs are looking for, ex Chelsea star Frank Sinclair. Frank then stayed on for the afternoon to watch the boys in action after he’d been an EduKick guest coach the week prior.

    In attendance were several clubs from all different levels of football in the northwest including Blackpool FC, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Crewe Alexandra, Radcliffe Borough and Stockport Dynamos to name a few.

    The whole day was a huge success with 5 players being highlighted by clubs for further watching.

    Director Mick Brennan said “What a great day for players. Bringing all the players from both sites together has been fantastic, it adds to the quality of the event and gives the younger players something to aim for going forward seeing the 16+ lads in Manchester. We had a great turn out from the club representatives and scouts with some great feedback. This is only our second event of this type which we are looking to roll out regularly for our academy players and open it out more to local players. The whole day is geared towards giving these players an opportunity to showcase their ability to some influential people in the game. Some may be successful, many won’t be, but they all have that chance and opportunity along with the experience of the day. To have advice from people like Jon Macken and Frank Sinclair is just a massive bonus for the players too and a massive thank you to them both. Both have played at that top level so know what to expect and what it take. You can’t get better advice than that. We’ve had some great comments on the event from the clubs and about the conduct and ability of our academy players too, so well done to them all.”

    The next showcase event will be in April in Manchester. This will be open to all players to book on and register for the day, a weeks training programme or a short residential stay with our academy. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be involved. Places are limited so BOOK NOW.

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    Check out all the photos from the Event by clicking HERE or on the photo below!

    Team photo, Showcase 2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Richie Wellens Visits Ellesmere!
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    Richie Wellins

    The players at the Ellesmere Academy site had another great guest session this week when former Manchester United and Leicester city start Richie Wellens visited the players. Richie, now a regular with the Edukick academy’s, spent the day at the Ellesmere site with the new intake of players on the academy. Starting with a question and answer session the boys were able to put to Richie all those burning questions about being a professional footballer, before he took to the field to coach them and share his vast knowledge of the game.

    Richie is now first team coach at league two side Oldham Athletic, so who better to to out on the field with the players putting them through their paces. Richie started his football career at Manchester United before a move to Blackpool in 2000. following his time at Blackpool Richie moved

    Coaching The Boys At Ellesmere

    on to Doncaster then to the championship with former Premier league champions Leicester city. Richie then returned to Doncaster for 18 months before joining a team local to Ellesmere, Shrewsbury Town under the management of Micky Mellon. After his playing career ended Richie took up his coaching path which has successfully seen him gain a first team coaches roll at Oldham, a club he played for making over 100 appearances.

    Having Richie at the academy training is a great opportunity for the boys to gain knowledge, talk first hand to someone who has worked hard to be successful in the game and to be coached by a top, pro club, first team coach.

    Richie in Action

    Director Mick Brennan said “its always great to have these guest sessions at our Academy, but especially having Richie involved is fantastic. Richie work a lot with our players in Manchester and has a great understanding of our ethos in the academy and brings genuine energy and great advice to the sessions he does. The players at Ellesmere would have been able to take a lot for the afternoon with him and hopefully we can get him along again soon to see their progress. A massive thanks to Richie for the session and talking with the players.”

    In the coming weeks and terms there will be more guest session for the boys to experience, bringing different angles of the game and different opinions too, and everyone is a great opportunity to showcase their ability. its not everyday you get coaches by a pro clubs first team coach.

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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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  • Great Performance Against Liverpool
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    Head coach Nigel give the lads a pre game team talk

    Wednesday 13th September 2017

    Edukick Manchester 0 – 2 Liverpool FC Foundation

    This weeks fixture for the team in Manchester saw them host the Liverpool FC foundation side. In a fixture that head coach Nigel knew was going to be a tough battle, the side were prepared to compete in all areas of the pitch.

    As the game kicked off the visitors were on the front foot, pressing the home side and using their physicality to dominate the first 10 minutes. As Edukick got into their flow, soon dominance of the game changed, with the home side settling into the game and playing a passing game, playing out from the back and keeping possession. For the next 30 minutes of the game Edukick had the majority of the passion, looking good on the ball and trying to do the right things. The visitors didn’t get a chance to get any clear strikes in on goal, however the home side couldn’t make their dominance count, losing momentum in the final third of the field. Half time saw the game level at 0-0 with neither side being able to break the deadlock.

    Edukick clearing their lines

    As the second half kicked off, Edukick continued their dominance of the game and looked lively going forward, still taking one too many touches in that final third and failing to trouble the keeper. That failure to convert the opportunities was punished by the visiting side mid-way into the second half, as Liverpool broke forward, played the ball out to the right and the right winger hit a miss hit cross that looped over the Edukick keeper and made it 1-0.

    Right from the restart EduKick pressed, with several chances to get a shot in on goal, but failing to have the confidence to strike it at times. As Edukick pressed in the final minutes of the game to level the score, they were left open and exposed at the back, and a quick counter attack saw Liverpool take a second goal to double their lead.

    Despite all the possession and chances Edukick couldn’t get back into the game and it ended 2-0 to the visiting side.

    A disappointing result for the players and staff, however lots of positives to be taken from the game.

    Head Coach Nigel said “a disappointing result, we just need to have more confidence in that final third to get our shots off and have a go. We dominated that game and kept the ball well. The first goal was just one of those things, these things happen in football and we just have to pick ourselves up and go again, the second was us caught out of position and losing concentration whilst we were trying to get back in the game. If we’d have taken our chances then we wouldn’t have been in that position. All in all pleased with the effort and performance, they were trying to do the right things, some of the play was great, and we just need to make it pay in that final third. Lots to work on for the next game and plenty of positives”

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  • Showcase Event
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    Nigel talks to the ladsFriday 25th August 2017 saw the first EduKick Manchester independent showcase event, where all the players registered with the programme, 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 has been to the international academy on a number of occasions for guest coaching sessions, however on Friday it was an opportunity for him to prepare them for the up and coming showcase event, sharing with them his experiences of similar events when he was breaking into the professional game.

    The session with Richie was a great opportunity in itself for the players. Richie is an English former professional footballer who primarily played as a central midfielder. He is currently a first-team coach at Oldham Athletic so able to relay the professional game to the players from every aspect.

    Richie coaches edukickBeginning his career at Manchester United, Richie has played at Blackpool, winning promotion with them in 2001, with Oldham making 87 appearances, Doncaster rovers once again winning promotion with them and Leicester City. After a short loan spell at Ipswich Richie re-joined Doncaster in 2013 for a season before moving to Shrewsbury then Salford City. After finishing his playing career, Richie took up coaching through the PFA coach education scheme and is now first team coach at Oldham Athletic.

    After the guest session from Richie, the Edukick boys were then 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 have 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 have offered for a number of the players to be invited into the academy during September to train with the teams to see what a club training environment is like and test their ability against some of the best in the area. This will give those players a real opportunity to level themselves against players who have been signed by a professional club and enable the boys to sample first-hand what level they need to get to, to compete.

    Adam Hobson at Showcase eventOverall the showcase event was a great success for the  EduKick Manchester Academy enabling players to have an opportunity to showcase their ability and from it 5 positive results of players progressing on for further trials or training opportunities.

    Follow the news and facebook updates in the coming weeks to see more about those who are taking these opportunities

    If you’d like to join us here in Manchester for the next showcase in October contact us now to book

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  • Kingsley Nnadikwu Okag
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    Date of Birth: 23/12/1996

    Nationality: Nigerian

    Preferred foot: right

    Positions: lw, rw, st, cam, cm

    Height: 175 cm

    Weight: 76 kg

    Levels Played: united counties football league premier division (Harborough town fc reserves), metro pro league (pepsi football academy), Keele football competition (Greenspings school Lagos Nigeria u 13s)

    personal achievements: Greensprings school football payer of the year 2013/14

    strengths: dribbling, passing, pace, physicality, ball control, finishing

    role models: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thiery Henry, Luis Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Yohan Cruyff

    inspirational quote: ambition is priceless it’s something that’s in your veins and i doubt that’ll ever change.

    Training schedule:

    • Brooke House college: two hours thirty minutes of training (Monday to Friday)
    • EduKick Manchester: thirty minutes of gym work, then one hour thirty minutes of training (Monday to Friday), (six weeks)
    • sports direct gym: during the weekend, i will be taking part in personal gym work for one hour thirty minutes.

    Current playing teams:

    • Brooke House college football academy
    • Harborough town fc (non-playing contract)
    • Edukick Manchester (six weeks)
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