2015/2016 News

August Trials

Once again the Edukick Manchester players have attended the UK football trials in Manchester. As part of the Edukick development programme we are committed to finding opportunities for players to showcase their ability and progress on in the game, ad UK football trials is just one of the way that the players can do this at Edukick Manchester.

This week the players on the full programme and those who are with us for just the summer package got a chance to showcase their ability in the Manchester trial. All the players went together, with head coach Nigel, and along with around 40 other top class players, received coaching and were put through their paces in a match situation by so high level, and very influential coaching on the UK football trials. At the session there was a host of clubs represented from premier league to non-league, all looking for the next Jamie Vardy, that undiscovered talent who could be the next big signing.

The Edukick lads did us proud. In the sessions they were focused and receptive of all the information, showing their work rate and commitment from the last few weeks on the programme. In the match situation they showed their team ability, with some great link up play and some commanding performances. Off the pitch we received great feedback on the conduct of the players and professionalism, which is great to hear.

Now it’s a waiting game. We will now see if any of the scouts, the club representatives or the UK football Trials officials spotted anything in the EduKick players and want to call them back for club trials. Good luck to all the lads.

Edukick Manchester and UK football trials have been working together for some time to deliver this opportunity to our overseas players. Over the past few years, one of the directors of UK football trials, Harry Price, has visited the school on a number of occasions to talk to the players about what clubs are looking for. Take a look at what he has had to say to the players in the past, so great information for budding young players to take in.

Players from Hulme Hall join Us

Last Monday we welcomed along some of the Hulme Hall Grammar Students and staff to the training ground to join in the session and meet the staff.

EduKick Manchester has teamed up with the successful Hulme Hall Grammar School, based in leafy Cheadle Hulme, just south of Manchester. This popular UK independent school will provide the daily education for all of EduKick’s student players aged between 14 and 16 years. This offers these young footballers the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the genuine English high school experience whilst joining the EduKick Manchester professional academy for training and match play three afternoons per week. Students enrolling aged 14 and 15 years will follow the UK national curriculum and prepare for the 16+ national GCSE examinations in Maths, English and Science.

Hulme Hall Grammar School was the school of choice for Kasper Schmeichael, son of Peter Shmeichael and goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and the Danish national team. Kasper was enrolled at the school when his father was goalkeeper for Manchester United.

The pupils from the school took part in the 2 hour session at the Edukick training ground and mixed with our international players to see what it was all about, in the hope of joining us for the full programme from September.

Adding into the mix some UK based players from the school will really bring an extra vibe to the Edukick Manchester programme, another way to push and challenge our young players and search for talent.

The programme kicks off in September 2016 for students and players under the age of 16. UK player can join the school and add the football programme to their weekly schedule along with international player who will be provided with a safe and secure host family near the school.

If you are from outside the UK and wish to participate in this programme you can contact Edukick via email info@edukick.com

 

Danny Philliskirk at Edukick Manchester

This week the Edukick players received yet another guest coaching session thanks to the PFA connection. Over the past two seasons now the Edukick players have been linked with the PFA as players on their coach education programmes. This has led t the likes of Michael Carrick, Kolo Toure, Quinton fortune to name a few coming along to the Edukick training ground to coach the boys as part of the course.

This week they have a guest session from current Blackpool FC Midfielder Danny Philliskirk. Danny is another one of the many professional players seeking out further coaching qualifications to extend their career in the game.

Danny, current number 17 for the tangerines, started his footballing career with Chelsea FC as a youngster. From there he had spells at Oxford, Sheffield United and Coventry before a settled spell with northwest side Oldham Athletic. Danny is now part of the Blackpool FC side but is looking to his future after playing and taking on his coaching qualifications.

Danny came to the Edukick training ground this week to work with the lads to gain valuable experience and have an assessment from the PFA coach educators. Having a discipline and coachable team is a real asset for these players who have to find time in their busy schedules to get the coaching hours in, and for the EduKick lads it’s a great experience to have a current professional in the training ground to share and pass on their experiences.

Blaiz at Blackburn

This week Blaiz Hall, one of the younger EduKick players, took a step into professional academy life when he started his trial period at championship side and 1994/95 Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers FC.

Blackburn Rovers are currently in the news in the UK for two reasons, firstly announcing their Manager Paul Lambert will leave the club at the end of the season and are in the search for a new leader to take them forward, but mainly as people track the progress of current Premier league leaders Leicester City. This weekend Leicester City are just 1 win away from doing what everyone though was impossible, and beating the big boys to the premier league title, a feat only ever done once before in the history of the premier league when Kenny Dalglish led Blackburn Rovers to a final game of the season show down and title win in 1995, with the likes of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in the Blackburn side. This title win and club fame meant that Blackburn could really push on to build one of the country’s top academy set ups, which has produce top players who have gone on to play for their countries, such as David Dunn, Damian Duff, Phil Jones (now of Manchester United) to name but a few. All these famous names and history will be posted around the academy walls for Blaiz to see and aspire to.

Blaiz has previously been on trial at Crewe Alexandra, however logistical issues of travel prevented him from going any further with the club. Now once again he’s been spotted through the UK football trials and the Edukick PFA sessions by Blackburn Rovers FC and has another shot at it.

Back in February Blaiz attended the UK football trials session with the Edukick team. On the trials he stood out and had a few coaches talking about him, yet immediately after the trial no call backs for him were made. Later that month as part of his football ad education programme with Edukick Blaiz was one of the players who visited the Cliff training ground, one of the Manchester United training facilities, as part of the PFA sessions. At this session were coaches from all around the North West professional clubs, including Blackburn Rovers. The coach, who led one of the younger age groups, saw the potential in Blaiz and during the session sent through his comments to the Blackburn Rovers Scouts. In the week that followed one of the chief scouts attended the Edukick fixtures to track Blaiz’s progression, unbeknown to Blaiz himself and the other Edukick lads, and was impressed enough to invite Blaiz along to the fantastic Brockhall training facilities to join the U15’s on an initial 6 week trial.

This time travel wasn’t an issue, With Edukick’s contacts in the north-west and history of the programme being aligned with the championship club back when the programme kicked off 10 years ago, it was just a quick call to one of our trusted Blackburn Host families, Tony & Amanda and Blaiz got a new home for the duration of his trial and a loving caring family to help him along in Blackburn.

Blaiz kicked off his sessions on Wednesday at the club, doing well and settling in Ok. Thursday was his second session where he felt a little more comfortable in the session and once again performed well in amongst some top level players. This weekend it’s a Saturday morning training session for Blaiz and a fixture against Huddersfield Town Academy, when he will get to pull on the Blue and white halves of Blackburn Rovers for the first time.

We all wish him well on his further sessions and will keep you all updated on his progress.

Kolo Toure at EduKick Manchester

This week, as part of the relationship with the PFA, the Edukick players were treated to an afternoon with Liverpool FC & Ivory Coast star Kolo Toure.

Kolo is currently undertaking his UEFA B coaching award with the professional footballers association and needed a reliable and well drilled team to work with for his coaching session, so the PFA recommended Edukick.

Taking time to travel from Liverpool, prior to his training in preparation for the Merseyside Derby against Everton in the week, in which Liverpool came out 4-0 winners, Kolo came to the EduKick training ground and led an afternoons training.

For the lads it was a great experience and opportunity to listen and take tips from a player at the top of his game. Kolo started his career in the UK at Arsenal, making 326 appearances for the London club. In 2009 he moved to Manchester City, where he helped them win their first title in 44 years, alongside his younger brother Yaya. In 2013 Kolo moved from Manchester to Liverpool, joining the red half of Liverpool. Being only one of six players to win the premier league title with two clubs (Manchester City & Arsenal) Kolo is well placed to really showcase to the edukick lads what top level professional football is like. Internationally Kolo is the second most capped Ivory Coast player.

During the session at EduKick, Kolo took the lads through a small technical session before moving onto a phase of play, where he was able to really put into practice his experience with real life examples of situations.

A great afternoon for the boys and one they will remember for a long time.

An Exciting New Project!

Edukick Manchester international football academy has never stood still. The well-established academy’s continuous innovations are leading to more and more exciting pro club show case / try outs than ever before. This in turn is leading to more student players gaining extended pro club trials. 14 year old Blaiz Hall from Bermuda will soon begin an extended 6 week trial with English Championship club, Blackburn Rovers FC’s youth academy.

It is against this background that EduKick Manchester announce a brand new football education pathway for international players aged between 14 and 21 years.

EduKick Manchester has teamed up with the successful Hulme Hall Grammar School, based in leafy Cheadle Hulme, just south of Manchester. This popular UK independent school will provide the daily education for all of EduKick’s student players aged between 14 and 16 years. This offers these young footballers the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the genuine English high school experience whilst joining the EduKick Manchester professional academy for training and match play three afternoons per week. Students enrolling aged 14 and 15 years will follow the UK national curriculum and prepare for the 16+ national GCSE examinations in Maths, English and Science.

Hulme Hall Grammar School was the school of choice for Kasper Schmeichael, son of Peter Shmeichael and goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and the Danish national team. Kasper was enrolled at the school when his father was goalkeeper for Manchester United.

“This academic year we have continued to work with the PFA to allow our players to enjoy regular guest coaching sessions led by Quinton Fortune, who played for Manchester United for seven years under Sir Alex Ferguson. These same quality coaching and exposure opportunities will now also be available to our younger players, too.” Pointed out Director, Pete Hayes.

Academic English language teaching and support will be provided by the International House Manchester study centre embedded within the school campus. This will also enable student footballers to take English language classes and prepare for recognised English language examinations, like Cambridge and IELTS, whilst also participating fully in the professional football coaching offered by the academy.

“We’re so excited about this opportunity because now it allows even younger international players to experience a British education whilst taking advantage of every pro soccer opportunity offered by EduKick Manchester Academy!” enthused Director of Football, Mick Brennan.

 “As our roll of honour continues to grow and more of our international young players achieve that coveted first pro club trial, it is clear why EduKick Manchester is the only choice for the serious international hopeful.”

PFA Session in the Sun

As spring broke this week the sun was out for the boys as they attended the PFA coaching at Curzon Ashton.

Over the season the Edukick team have been present at nearly all of the PFA coach education days, giving opportunities for the players to meet and be coached by such players as Quinton fortune, former South African international and Manchester United star who played under Sir Alex Ferguson for seven years, Trevor Sinclair who played for England 12 times and is still seen as the goal of the FA cup, when he scored an overhead bicycle kick against Barnsley for QPR and current Manchester United and England star Michael Carrick.

This week the lads were treated to session from Gerry Harrison, Chris Hurst and Michael Raynes.

Gerry is a former professional football who has played in the football league for a host of clubs including Watford, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Hereford United, Burnley, Sunderland, Luton Town, Hull City and Halifax Town,

Michael Raynes who was signed as a young 12 year old by Edukick Manchester head coach Neil Garside in 1999 for Stockport County centre of excellence,  has played professionally for Stockport County, Swansea, Scunthorpe United, Oxford United, Rotherham United, Mansfield town and Carlisle United.

Chris Hurst a former trainee at Macclesfield Town and is now pursuing a coaching career at the highest level.

Sessions from all three were great this week and gave the lads another chance to shine in front of some influential people in the game. Further opportunities that they can grasp, as did Blaiz who has secured himself a 6 week trial with Championship side and former premier league champions Blackburn Rovers following last month’s PFA sessions at the Cliff, training ground of Manchester united. Blaiz was seen by the Blackburn coach attending their course, along with the others who commented on his ability. Blackburn then sent their head scout to the game the following week and for his last 6 weeks with Edukick he will be part of the Blackburn Rovers youth set up, hoping to really showcase what he can do. Just another example of never knowing when your opportunity may come.

We still have several of these PFA sessions left this season, with many more planned going into the new season, so hopefully they can prove to be a further showcase platform for our players now and in the future.

 

 

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