• Academy Showcase Event Comes to Ellesmere
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    The first showcase event of the season was held at the Ellesmere Academy site in Shropshire this month, with 60 players attending from both the Ellesmere Academy and the Manchester academy, along with local players from the area, all wanting to be seen by the club scouts and representatives in attendance.

    The showcase event was the third of the season by the academy, and following the great success of the first two, where a number of players have gone on to further trials with professional clubs or signed at semi-professional level, the staff at the academy decided to bring the format to the fantastic facilities of Ellesmere College.

    Scouts and club representatives from across the football pyramid were invited to the day, which saw 60 players take part in a variety of technical drills in small groups, led by the academy coaches including ex professionals such as  ex Manchester City star Jon Macken & ex Chelsea star Frank Sinclair. Following on from the sessions, the players were all involved in 11 v 11 games, under the watchful eye of the attending clubs.

    Academy Director Mick Brennan said “The day has been arranged to give the players a platform to show their ability, and also to forge links with the clubs out in this area. Over the past 10 years we’ve build up great links with the northwest clubs around the Manchester area, and since the launch of the academy at Ellesmere we’ve had great interest from the clubs in this area so we wanted to invite them in to see the players and try to work with them. From that point of view it’s been a huge success. Among the club representatives we have the top two clubs from the Welsh Premier League in attendance, both have identified players and are open to our coach’s recommendations throughout the season. That for us is a great pathway for these players to progress on into the professional game and get the opportunities they need”

    From the day at least 6 players were identified by clubs to go in for further trials and the academy coaches are no looking through the player’s performance on the day to see who may be recommended to those clubs who couldn’t be in attendance but have asked for players in certain positions.

    Head Coach Nigel Keogh believes these days are vital for player’s progression and opportunity “We are providing a platform for players to showcase themselves in front of people in the game that matter. They need that chance not only to do that, but to play alongside players of a high ability to be able to level themselves at where they are at, set targets for the future if they are not successful this time and build on their career”

    Ex Chelsea star and Academy coach Frank Sinclair said “Days like this are important because it helps players get spotted – it increases the pathways for players. Some are making it through the traditional way at being at big clubs, like I did at Chelsea, which is difficult to do because there are high standards.

    “Not all players have that opportunity and they may flourish when they’re at an older age.”

    “It’s good to be a part of it as I’ve experienced it and you just try to help as much as you can and encourage as much as possible.”

    Over the coming weeks the academy staff will be working with those clubs who were in attendance and those who have requested player details to arrange further trials at the clubs. The staff at the academy wish those players all the very best in these opportunities they have.

    The next showcase event will be held at the Manchester site on Friday 6th April. Places will be limited on this trial due to the huge demand, so ensure you have booked your place early.

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  • Edukick Manchester at the England Training Ground
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    This week the Edukick Manchester players received an invite to the England base camp, St Georges Park. With the big freeze in the UK it wasn’t quiet the planned day, however the players still got to walk the corridors and see the facilities that England top players have graced, and learn so much more about the investment in the English game.

    The Edukick team initially were invited to the home of the England team by the PFA. With the academy’s close link with the PFA and following on from a number of successful PFA education sessions in the northwest, the invite spread to the PFA in the midlands for the team to attend a coach education course as ‘the team to coach’. Sessions were due to be delivered by a number of current and ex professional players, one of which was Ricardo Fuller, Ex-Premier league star and Jamaican international who had delivered a session the week prior to our Ellesmere team. Unfortunately the UK big freeze had got the better of the course which had to be cancelled and rescheduled for the new year at last minute, however not to be beaten by the weather the EduKick team still made the trip south to St Georges Park where they were warmly welcomed by the staff and given an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the impressive £105 million, 330 acres training facility.

    The facility set in the Staffordshire countryside, is the home to England’s 28 national teams. With 13 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface, a full-size indoor 3G pitch sanctioned high enough by UEFA to host international fixtures, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas, and an indoor futsal sports hall. St. George’s Park provides world-class facilities for all England teams ahead of international fixtures.

    Home of FA Education and all FA national coach education courses whilst the EduKick side were onsite the English referees were at the facility on a CPD event. St. Georges Park is the base for the England DNA philosophy, which outlines a vision for the future England teams and players.

    Sports science and performance is integral to St. George’s Park. Perform at St. George’s Park is a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility which combines cutting-edge technology with elite medical expertise, not only do the England and other UK football teams use this facility, but a number of sports in the UK now use this top performance facility, with Andy Murry, UK tennis star and twice Wimbledon champion visiting just weeks prior.

    The Edukick academy side were able to see where Barcelona had trained during pre-session and shown the impressive Hilton Hotel, which boasts a magnificent England manager’s suite and when the England side are together, is a private hotel for the stars.

    The amazing talent that has been on display at the facility is evident with the signature wall. All top athletes who visit the site are asked to sign the wall, with the likes of Harry Kane, Messi and all the England managers on there, it was evident to see St Georges Park is held in high regard not only by England football, but the wealth of visiting talent from around the world who come. Many overseas teams use the site for pre-season, and currently championship side Burton Albion use it as their training ground.

    A fantastic experience for the Edukick boys once again, a trip to remember. A big thank you to all the staff at St Georges Park for their welcome, and hopefully the January arrivals of players will have the chance to visit when the PFA session is re arranged.

    To join us in January you have to be quick to register. Contact us now – info@edukick.com

     

      

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  • Blackpool FC Keeping a Close Eye on an Edukick Player
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    In October Edukick Manchester hosted their first big showcase event at their home training ground in Manchester.

    With the launch of the new Edukick Ellesmere site in Shropshire for 11 – 16 years olds in the September, it was a great opportunity to invite along all the players in the UK from the Edukick programmes. At the showcase were a number of professional clubs represented, one of which was league one side Blackpool FC.

    Blackpool, based in the seaside resort on the north coast, were in the Premier League of English football just 4 years ago and have a fantastic youth set up at the club. With the game getting more and more competitive they have scouts across the northwest looking for the next young stars to bring into the academy.

    During the showcase event in Manchester one of the Blackpool scouts took a keen interest in Fedor Dubrovin. Fedor is a Russian player who has kicked off the season with the Edukick academy in Ellesmere.  Fador impressed the scout in the coaching sessions with his work rate, technical ability and his coachability, meaning he can take in instructions, learn and apply what the coach is asking him to do.

    With Fedor being a boarder at Ellesmere, the travelling distance to Blackpool FC is just out of the FA guidance for a player of his age to be attending a pro academy, however Blackpool are keen to keep a close eye on Fedor and have requested a full list of all games he will be involved in this season so they can monitor his progress for next season. Its a great achievement to be tracked by a pro club such as Blackpool and will really open up options for Fedor in the future showcase events once clubs in the area are aware he’s being monitored. watch out for Fedor in the future!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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