Ex professional Richie Wellins visited the academy on Friday 28th July as a guest speaker for the squad, answering questions and sharing his knowledge and experience of what it takes to make it as a professional footballer. Richie who is currently first team coach at Oldham Athletic shared stories of his playing days with Leicester City, Manchester United and the National team. The lads were able to put questions to Richie who gave some valuable advice for the players to take away and work on to develop themselves as footballers. Richie followed up the talk with a high intensity possession drill on the training field, coaching the squad on first touch, special awareness and decision making.
A very enjoyable and beneficial session for the group who were further encourage by Richie to never give up and keep working hard towards your dream.
Date of birth: 30/12/1996
Job: Fitness coach
Height: 1,77 cm
Weight: 73 kgAcademics
-High sport course, 2015-2017.
-Personal trainer (functional training tittle), 2016.
-Medium sport course, 2013-2015.More informationFirstly, I love the sport football, I have played and worked in Spain, Ireland, U.S.A and now in Manchester.
I got a lot of beautiful experiences in others countries, social skills, leadership skill, innovation….
In all of my life’s areas (personal, professional, familiar….) I enjoy, learn, work hard and I give my 100%.
I try to make happier the people.
I am here because I would like to get a really good experience in this company and in Manchester, also to improve my English level. I hope to learn from all the coaches and football academy.
Date Of Birth: 08/02/2000
1st Playing Position: Centre back2nd Playing Position: right backNationality: UgandanHeight: 181 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Preferred Foot: right
Level Played: School league, men’s Saturday league, u18 youth league
Previously at Kampala international School Uganda – (IGCSE’S)
1 A, 3B’s, 4C’s, 1D
Currently at Bournemouth Collegiate School – (A levels)
Recent grades: Spring term (Business- A high) (PE- C standard) (Psychology- A* high)
Summer term (Business- A high) (PE- D high) (Psychology- A high)
Edukick Manchester summer football programme and B-tec
Subject prizes- A level PE
Daily training at the Edukick International programme (Monday to Friday)
Going to Sports Direct gym over the weekends
Training with Bc Saints Monday and Wednesday
Competitive games on Saturday
Skill, training and playing characteristics
-Good game reading and tackling
-Leader on the field (confident and loud)
Current/ recent football coaches
-Currently playing for BC Saints (u18 football club) in Bournemouth
-Attending Edukick Manchester International Football programme
U16 football captain at Kampala International School Uganda (2015-2016)
House Captain at Bournemouth Collegiate School (2016 to current)
Deputy Head Boy at Bournemouth Collegiate School (2016 to current)
Boarding prefect at Bournemouth Collegiate School (2016 to current)
Football camps attended
Edukick Manchester International Football programme
Personal awards and achievements
U16 football player of the year 2014-2015
U16 boys Football 2016- outstanding performance
U20 Boys football 2016- Sportsmanship
Secondary ISSAK Athletics records:- long jump(5.85m) -100m(11.75s) -200m(24.45s) –u16 4*100m relay team(49.16s) – u20 4*100m relay team(49.16s)
Bournemouth Collegiate School Athletics Championships: – Long jump (6.10m)
Team and group awards
ISSAK 2016 secondary cross country finalist
ISSAK 2016 u16 Boys volleyball finalist
ISSAK 2016 u20 Boys volleyball finalist
ISSAK 2016 Secondary Athletics champion
KISU, Under 13 ISSAK finalists 2013 -14
U20 ISSAK semi-finalist 2016
Volunteer and extra curricular activities
-Working with Dorset Children’s Foundation (non profit charity organisation)
-Athletics training Tuesday and Thursday
“It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up”- George A. Custer
– Phil Jagielka (He is calm, reads the game well and has helped young defenders to become better players)
– Eric Bailly (He is strong and fast, he has good timing on his tackle and interception)
– Vincent Kompany (He is a noticeable leader on the field, strong, encouraging and good tackling skills)
Edukick Manchester 2016
– Joined Edukick for 6 weeks
– Took as much feedback as i did from the coaches and seeked as much information as i can to make me a better football player
– All this feedback from Edukick and UK football trials has made me a better player in a short period of time
This year’s end of season meal was held at Restaurant Bar and Grill in Manchester and it was nice to see all the lads dressed smartly for the occasion! It was an opportunity for the both staff and players to bond and relax eating nice food and also present the yearly awards of Player’s Player, Managers player, Top goal scorer and Most Improved player.Following awards went to:Players Player – Miles KibukosyaManagers Player – Matthew Omondi OwinoRead more
Most Improved Player – Mahrus Mohammed
Top Goal Scorer – Miles Kibukosya
Manchester City Academy v EduKick
The final game of the season was a visit to Etihad Campus on Wednesday 14th June looking to better our previous performances at the ground. The lads were in positive mood after a long, physical term and wanted to finish the term strong with a win. Edukick, like in many performances over the term dominated possession and created lots of scoring opportunities in front of goal. During a 20 minute period of the first half the game resembled a basketball match, with end to end attacking from both teams. Somehow the lads came into half time 3-0 down with the City team being more clinical where it mattered. During the break it was a case of picking the lads up and reminding them of all the good work they had done over the season and digging deep during the second half to finish on a positive. Indeed the lads did this and were soon level with goals from, Ibrahim, Jaimie and Ha soon after the restart. This clearly affected the opposition as Edukick went searching for more goals. Four goals were scored again in quick succession, two coming from both teams leaving the score at 5-5, Matthew and Hang Su the scorers. The game was in the 89th minute when Edukick had worked the ball well into the opposition box, pressing for the winner with the ball in front of goal cramp struck our striker who fell to the ground, City regained possession, broke quickly and found the back of the net. Final result 6-5, disappointed by the score the lads were praised for the commitment, energy and work ethic shown not just during the game but throughout the programme.
Final Score 6-5
Name – Miles Khayumbi Gachukia Kibukosya
Nationality – Kenyan
Age – 20
Playing Position – Midfield
Favourite Player – Arturo Vidal
Highest Level Played – Kenya U21 premier youth league
What made me choose EduKick? Edukick has lots of experience in the football field. Ex-professional players coming in and training the players of Edukick. Quinton Fortune of Manchester United to say the least. Lots of experience from coach Jon Macken, ex Manchester united player and Head coach Nigel Keogh Passing knowledge and experience to all. This allows me to enhance my technique and skills even more and set a platform that allows me to continue my journey to achieve my dreams
Playing Career –
- I have played at the Umbro tournament in Manchester twice and have consistently won best player in my category at Ligi Ndogo, the Kenyan youth league.
- Played at the Gothia cup in Sweden and got a certificate for my efforts.
- I was one of the athletes chosen to attend the Nike academy trials in Dublin this year. Here from a series of tests, I achieved:
Defending, Top 3% in country (Ireland) (Top 27% in Europe)
Stamina, Top 27% in country (Ireland) (Top 14% in Europe)
Dribbling, ball control of 90/100
Attack, Top 24% in country (Ireland) (Top 23% in Europe)
I also got the chance to be personally trained by the previous national team coach in Kenya – Ghost Mulei. In addition, played with his team, Liberty Stars.
- Trained with professional teams Gor Mahia, Thika United and Tusker fc in Kenya. All in the premier division
- Sept – Dec 2014 Year 12 Peponi school, Kenya. First team football captain.
- 2015- chosen into the Itchen Academy of sport – football academy. The Football Academy has developed a highly successful reputation over the previous seven years and is currently a dominant force within the Hampshire Football League
Name Dominik Austin Nationality USA Position Striker
Name : Hang SU
Nationality : Chinese
Age : 16
Playing Position : Second striker
Favourite Player : Thomas Muller
Playing Career : Yuying High school in China
Highest Level Played : School level
What made me choose EduKick? – Because I have a dream to be a professional footballer. I love football so much that its already a big part of my life. EduKick can give me a chance to make my dream come true.
Inspirational Quote: “We have to hands up, not to pick the most beautiful star. But to maintain a positive state of mind”
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Edukick Manchester were delighted to be guests of Huddersfield Town Football Club this week. Huddersfield Town are an English championship club steeped in history. This season the club have had a tremendous season, only this week securing a place in the Championship play offs, which could see them reach the final at Wembley Stadium and a place in the English Premier league. Following investment into the club and bringing in the clubs first foreign head coach, German David Wagner, the club have surpassed all expectation and there is a real buzz around the Yorkshire town.
Edukick Manchester started off their trip to Huddersfield with a tour of the John Smith Stadium, home of the championship club. Rob Day from Huddersfield Town Foundation took the boys on a behind the scene trip showing the wannabe players where the stars of the first team change, getting them pitch side, highlighting the history of the club when just a few years prior they were struggling to survive in the big money game. All the Edukick players got a chance to sit round the board room table where the big money signings and manager sackings take place, taking the seat of where past stars such as Jordan Rhodes and club legend Andy Booth have sat to agree contract terms with the club.
Following the stadium tour Edukick Manchester headed off to the First team training ground, the Canalside sports complex to meet head of the Huddersfield Foundation Dean Grice. Dean showed the players where the first team train and explained how the training ground operates. It was a great atmosphere around the training ground as the first team players mixed with some of the Huddersfield fans to celebrate securing the play off place. A pre match meal was laid on for the Edukick side before a question and answer session with Huddersfield Towns all time legend Andy Booth.
Andy Booth retired from the professional game 8 years ago and is now a club ambassador for Huddersfield Town. Having started his career with Huddersfield as a school boy, local lad Andy went on to play 123 times for the Yorkshire side, scoring 52 goals before a £2.7 million move to Sheffield Wednesday of the premier league at the time. Making 133 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday scoring 28 goals Andy was with the club until 2001, when he had a short loan spell at Tottenham Hotspurs, appearing at White Hart lane for the London side 4 times. However as Huddersfield Town struggled to survive the threat of administration and the pressures of big money football in the UK Andy returned to his hometown club in 2001 to make a further 270 appearance, scoring 85 goals and helping them rebuild the Yorkshire side. In 2009 when he hung up his boots from football, Andy was handed the club ambassadors role as a legend of the side, and today he fronts community, charity and supporters events promoting the good work of the team.
It was a fantastic opportunity to hear what an experienced ex professional had to say, giving the Edukick players sound advice on their own career path. Andy spoke about playing against players such as Ruud Gullit, the pressures of the £2.7 million price tag, how football science has come on in the past years and how he wish maybe he’d listened to some of the nutrition and sports science advice and how the main thing he would tell any up and coming players is to train, work and play everyday session as if it’s the big match. Always push yourself and never relax in training, that’s the only way to progress and get on in football.
Following the fantastic afternoon at the training ground the Edukick players took the short journey to the Leeds road sports ground, soon to be one of Huddersfield Towns training facilities and currently used now by their evening academy sessions, to take on Kirklees College in a friendly fixture. The game, which ended in a 3-3 draw, Edukick Head coach Nigel believes Edukick could have won if a little care had been taken at the back, however the Edukick side dominated the game, scoring three fantastic goals. A performance to be proud of.
Once again a magnificent experience for the Edukick Manchester players to have a first-hand insight into the professional game in the UK. The trip tops off an action packed month of April where Edukick have been to the UK football trials, been coached by numerous Ex Professionals, seen Manchester City in action and have played some top sides from the area.