• 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
    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
    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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  • 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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  • IH Manchester v Manchester College
    IH Manchester v Manchester College
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    On Thursday 27th July IH Manchester lined up for their first fixture playing against Manchester College. With only 8 training sessions as a group this was going to be a challenging but fantastic experience for the players, some of whom were playing football in England for the first time.

    The pre-game instructions to the players was to go out and enjoy the game and the experience as much as possible and look to play the ball quickly and positively IH Manchester
    had lots of early possession and were looking to build from the back, playing through the thirds creating some half chances at the opposite end. Manchester college had some impressive individuals and experience of playing together and this showed as they scored 2 goals minutes apart. The squad remained up beat and continued to pass the ball with confidence, shifting the ball across the pitch well. A third and fourth goal were conceded before half time before IH Manchester managed to pull a goal back, raising the confidence levels at the break.
    In the 2nd half the players continued to play there passing game and remain disciplined despite the score line and further tested the opposition goal keeper. Through a neat passage of play we managed to score a second with some quick passing around the box and a tidy finish from the striker. The team continued to defend as a unit and worked hard to keep a clean sheet in the second half, final result 4-2.
    A very impressive first game for the squad who should take great credit for their individual and collective performances. As head coach it was a pleasure to watch and rewarding to see such a good group of hard working individuals enjoying the game and developing as a group in one performance.
    We continue to work hard in training and look forward to our second fixture next week.

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