• A Record 13 Success Stories So Far This Season!
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    Edukick Manchester International Academy has hit an all-time record of 13 success stories from the group in just the first term of the season. The season for the academy kicked off in August for the Manchester based players and September for those on the residential campus at Ellesmere, and in just those 4 months of the season 13 success stories have come out of the academy.

     

    Throughout the programme on the academy, at both sites, the players are presented with a number of opportunities to showcase their ability. This first 4 months of the academy has seen some top names, great opportunities and fantastic experiences for the players, along with the first two showcase events hosted by the academy themselves.

     

    So far the academy has seen ex professional footballers such as Frank Sinclair, Jon Macken and Oldham Manager Richie Wellens lead on sessions, the players have attended numerous PFA sessions coming into contact with current players and coaches from professional clubs in the area and they have all attended two showcase events in Manchester, where scouts and club representatives have been present.

     

    The success stories are massive for the academy, showing the real opportunities that the staff and coaches can present and it’s great to see so many of our young men stepping up and taking those chances. We have seen this term players head off for trials with professional clubs, semi-professional sides signing players in their first teams and reserves and players represent the county following the coaches’ recommendations.

     

    This terms key success stories are:-

    Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol – Signed for Radcliffe Borough under the management of our own Jon Macken and Frank Sinclair, making appearances in the first team for the side.

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    Will Brookshaw – Selected from the showcase event in October by League one side Crewe Alexandra

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    Fedor Dubrovin – Spotted by League one side Blackpool FC at the October showcase event and has been shortlisted by their recruitment team for further observation.

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    Kasper GRAF – Selected from the showcase event in October by League one side Crewe Alexandra and has been attending for over a month now, awaiting a final decision on if they will offer a contract.

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    Chris Rumisek – Selected by semi-professional side Maine Rd for training and signed to play for their first team following the head coach watch one of the academy fixtures.

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    Clement FULLINGTON – Selected by semi-professional side Maine Rd for training and signed to play for their first team following the head coach watch one of the academy fixtures.

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    Jaime Quinones – Selected by semi-professional side Maine Rd for training a following the head coach watch one of the academy fixtures.

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    Will Mullock – Represented Shropshire County representative team following the academy coaches recommendation

    Zac Lennox – Represented Shropshire County representative team following the academy coaches recommendation.

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    Sudesh MARNER – Invited to train with League one side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester

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    Buhle Buka – Invited to train with League one side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester

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    Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol – Invited to train with League one side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester

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    Kingsley OKAGU – Invited to train with League one side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester

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    All of these success stories are fantastic news for the academy and the individuals involved. Its credit to those players who have taken those chances presented to them which has enabled them all to progress or sample football in the UK at a high level. Just getting that first foot on the ladder of the UK football pyramid is a taste of what they can achieve if they work hard, and having success stories such as Michel Bou Farah around training weekly only highlights what can be achieved by hard work and commitment.

     

    Head Coach Nigel said “Each one of these players has worked extremely hard to progress and grasp these chances and as a coach it’s great to see. They are all real opportunities and that can take them to the next level of their footballing career. Every day at the academy we talk about giving 100% in everything they do, in training, in games and off the pitch and you never know who is watching. Some of these successes came at the organised trials but some came when the boys were not expecting it, with recommendations from us as coaches, scouts turning up to training and games and the big thing is the recommendation by the coaches at the PFA sessions. Every time they step out representing the academy they are on show, and these lads have grabbed those opportunities. We are always there to help, advice and support all the lads, wherever they progress too and whatever level they are at. For these few it’s the first steps and some will be able to step up and match that level, some may need more time, but what a great honour and achievement for them to have that chance now. For us in the academy and as coaches it’s great to see, it’s a success for us too as that’s what we want to do, help our players move onto the next step at whatever that level may be”

     

    It’s a credit to Nigel and the coaches at the Academy that so many players have achieved this in the first term. So far this terms success stories have outnumbered whole season success stories from previous years and that’s very much down to the dedication by the coaching team and support team. The structured and quality delivery of the coaching along with the advice and guidance given has not only shown in the success of progressions, but in results as a team with the Manchester side displaying fantastic performances each game and receiving great feedback from visiting teams.

     

    Director of the Academy Mick Brennan Said “Its been a great first term. With the launch of the new Ellesmere residential site, the new Showcase Events in Manchester with some soon to be added at the Ellesmere site and the introduction of some top names in the area for football with Frank Sinclair, Jon Macken and Richie Wellens on the team supporting Nigel we couldn’t have asked for anything better. These success stories so early on in the season just highlight that the changes for this season are already paying off. We aim every season to provide our players with the best possible opportunities in the game, and its working! Linked in with the fantastic coaching our team provide and the whole support package from welfare and teacher in Manchester and Ellesmere, we have a great platform for young players to learn and train and succeed. It’s great to see and we will never give up on improvements in the programmes to bring maximum opportunities.”

     

    With further showcase events planned, more PFA sessions and guest sessions in the coming term it’s never been a better time to join our team. The academy are taking bookings now for both sites (Manchester & Ellesmere) for next season, but are also opening their doors to players who wish to come for the second half of the season of for a short course to have a taste of the academy.

    Contact the academy now for more information or to book.

    info@edukick.com

     

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  • Crewe Alexandra take in two Edukick Players
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    League two side Crewe Alexandra FC have taken an interest in two of the Edukick players from the Ellesmere site.

    Following on from the showcase event in October, where a variety of professional clubs were represented, Crewe Alexandra showed particular interest in two of our player, Will Brookshaw and Kasper Graff.

    Crewe Alexandra are a club steeped in player development. Players who passed through the ranks at Crewe include the England international players Geoff Thomas and David Platt, Welsh international Robbie Savage, and Northern Ireland internationals Neil Lennon and Steve Jones (Platt was the most successful, totalling more than £20 million in transfers and captaining the England team). All these were youngsters signed from other clubs, but Crewe also had considerable success in nurturing their own trainees – most notably full England internationals Rob Jones, Danny Murphy, Seth Johnson and Dean Ashton and Wales international David Vaughan.

    Edukicks Will and Kasper were immediately invited into the academy set up to train with the squads. Its a great chance for them to level themselves against some of the best players in the area and see first hand what commitment and dedication it takes to play at that level.

    Both boys have worked hard in training and have been a credit to the academy and school.

    Kasper is soon to represent Crewe in a competitive fixture for them to assess him in action and look at further talks on his progress.

    Well done boys.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Manchester City Academy v EduKick
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    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

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