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    Guest Coach David Raven Visits the Academy

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    This week we were delighted to welcome current Warrington Town centre half David Raven to the academy at Ellesmere for the afternoon to share his experience and knowledge with the players.

    David has had a fantastic career in football, starting as a youngster at Liverpool FC, the team that he supported. David was at Liverpool under the management of current Newcastle Manager Raffa Benitez, who gave him his break in the first team. He traveled internationally with Liverpool playing with and against some of the top players in the world.

    After being on the fringe of the first team for some time David made the decision to move to Carlisle United where he made 137 appearances for the Cumbrian side.

    David moved again to Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers before making the big move north of the boarder to the Scottish Leagues. He played 153 games with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he became loved by the fans and a regular in the team. David helped Inverness Caledonian Thistle to the Scottish cup final with a winning goal against Celtic in the cup semi-final.

    Now pursuing a coaching career, David is working towards gaining coaching badges whilst playing for non-league side Warrington Town.

    David came to the academy at Ellesmere for the afternoon, spending the first hour of the session talking about his time in the game and taking questions from the players. David talked with passion about his love for the game and how he managed to keep focused on his own development during his time playing. The boys really tested him with some great questions!

    When asked what one piece of advice he would give, David said “It starts now! If you really want to be a player and you have the drive, determination and ability to do it, you can, but it starts now. Every day you give 100%, every day you look at doing more, every day you think and act like you are a professional player. Only that way can you make it. The ladder to being a professional player is hard to get on, but once you are on it, it’s even harder to stay on it, so you have to work at it. Never let anyone say you can’t, if you get the knock downs, get back up and keep going. Football is up and down, there will be lots of downs, and the downs can be very hard, but think of the up days, the highs of the game, the love you have for it, and that will keep you going. It starts now!!”

    David then delivered a fantastic session out on the pitch.

    It was another great experience for the players. Mick Brennan, Director of the academy said “what a great day for the lads, and for me. I love listening to people from within the game talk about their experience, and David was so inspirational. He has a true passion for the game and spoke honestly to the players. I think many could relate to him and really took on board what he said, there was total silence in that room as he was talking and each and every player was concentrating on what he said. A massive thank you to David for coming in and I’m sure we will see so much more from him over the coming season”.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Non-League Side Maine Road Take 3 Edukick Players
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    Manchester Non-league side Maine Road have taken in 3 of this seasons Edukick players.

    Chris Rumisek, Clement FULLINGTON and Jaime Quinones  have all been invited into the club following great performances in the Academy showcase and several fixtures.

    Maine Road FC play in the North West Counties football League and are based in Manchester. Over the past few months representatives from the club have attended the academy showcase events and fixtures to watch the Edukick players in action. forming a close link with the side, the Edukick coaches also recommended players to the staff at Maine road who invited Chris, Clement and Jaime to train with them for a few sessions. following on from these session both Chris and clement have signed to play for the side and Jaime is waiting to put pen to paper to sign for the club.

    With the boys training daily with Edukick, representing the academy and training and playing with the local non-league side, is a great platform to move onto bigger things in football. All players of their age have to start their journey at this level and prove themselves in the game, its credit to the three lads that they have shown themselves capable at this level in just a few months in the UK.

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  • Edukick Players Train With Oldham Athletic
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    Following on from one of the Edukick Showcase events four players were invited to train with Oldham Athletic.

    Oldham Athletic are a league one side in the English football league. The current manager at the league one side is Former Edukick coach Richie Wellens. Richie was in attendance at the August showcase event with one of the chief scouts from the club who spotted 4 of the players to invite in.

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    Sudesh MARNER, Buhle Buka, Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol and Kingsley OKAGU were all selected for and invitation to the pro clubs training. The four players attended the Oldham training ground to train with their well established youth team. These sessions gave the players a great insight into the world of professional football and the level at which players of their age are playing at.

    Once again it was a great opportunity for the boys to showcase their ability and they didn’t let the academy down. The coaches at Edukick received great feedback from the Oldham athletic staff.

    This is just another example of the programme giving young players opportunities and experience in the UK game. Training with a pro club is a ‘money can’t buy’ experience which will stay with these young players for the rest of their career. They will have learnt a lot about pro football and about their game from the time with Oldham, something to build on for the future.

    Well done to the boys.

     

     

     

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  • Michel’s Football & Academic Success
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    Michel seen here with his teams mates in 2014/2015 with Edukick

    Michel Bou Farah studies and trained with the Edukick Manchester international Academy during the 2014/2015 & 2015/2016. A dedicated player and student Michel was always one to work hard and try to improve by that small percentage each week, his aim was to make a career out of the game and sport.

    Now, just 6 months on from completing his course with Edukick Manchester Michel has returned as a guest player and a role model to the other students on how the programme can make you successful.

    Michel has progressed onto University with Manchester metropolitan studying Sports science, but has also been signed by semi-professional side Lancaster City.

    Michel playing for Edukick at the Etihad campus

    Michel’s Academic progression came from the two years with Edukick studying the BTEC in sport. Michel was always focused on his football but he was aware he always needed a backup if his football career didn’t take off, so worked hard academically and achieve excellent results to enable him to progress onto university with his BTEC qualification. Now studying in Manchester as a first year university student Michel has many option open to him in the field of sport once he’s completed his course.

    In football Michel has earned himself a contract with Lancaster City FC. Lancaster City coaches saw Michel at one of the PFA guest sessions that he was involved in during his time at Edukick. Following this session the Lancaster city, and other semi-professional clubs, invited Michel in for training and further trails. Lancaster city were the side that won his signature, signing with the clubs Under 21’s side and featuring regularly for the team, breaking into the first team on occasions already this season.

    Talking to director Mick Brennan this week when Michel returned as a guest of Edukick Michel said “I owe everything I have in football to the Edukick programme. It has provided me a platform and an opportunity to progress in the game. The overall experience was fantastic, it allowed me to become more independent, living with my host, living away from home and having to work hard every day. I receive a great education which has meant I can progress onto university but mainly for me the structure and dedication in the football training at the academy has meant I can progress as I have. I would recommend anyone wanting to improve and give football a go in the UK to come to the programme, it offers so much”

    Michel continues to represent Lancaster City at U21’s and is doing so successfully this season, he’s also progressing well at university and in a fantastic role model for young athletes everywhere.

    Michels first day at edukick

    Mick Brennan, director of Edukick Manchester said “We are all delighted at Michel’s progression both in football and academically. In the time he spent with us on the programme he was dedicated and hard working in everything he did, he got a few knock backs at times but never gave up and was always positive. He was a great role model at the time for the students and players to follow but to now have him coming in, meeting the current players and sharing his success with them is fantastic. I know he has ambitions of progressing higher through the football leagues, and with his dedication and drive he will make it. We are very proud of his achievements. Well done Michel.”

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  • Premier League Ace Frank Sinclair Visits Edukick
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    Frank talks to the players

    A former Premier League defender who has worked under the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Martin O’Neill, Gianluca Vialli and Ruud Gullit visited our academy at Ellesmere College to oversee training and pass on his experiences to academy players.

    Frank Sinclair, who helped Chelsea to FA Cup glory in 1997 and League Cup honours the following season, talked about his playing career, breaking into the professional game, and having represented eight clubs during his career.

    Head of football, Nigel Keogh, said, “It’s great to have these guest sessions at our academy, but especially having Frank involved is fantastic. What a great opportunity for the boys to gain knowledge, talk first-hand to someone who has worked hard to be successful in the game”.

    Sinclair, spent eight years at Chelsea before Martin O’Neill took him to Leicester City for £2 million, where he was part of the team that won the 2000 League Cup, beating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium.

    Sinclair said “I can remember being in and around professional players at Chelsea from the age of 13 and the club has a tradition of supporting young players, so I have always tried to give something back to grassroots football. The education and football at the Ellesmere academy is an excellent offer and the academy program for youth football is so important nowadays”.

    Despite wanting to represent England at International level, an opportunity to represent Jamaica arose in November 1997 following their qualification to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

    Sinclair stated “I was playing the best football of my career and was still not involved with England. Jamaica came up and I thought an opportunity like that might never happen again so I took it”. He was called up for the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup held in February , making his debut in the opening group stage match against Brazil which finished in a 0-0 draw at the Miami Orange Bowl. He was included in the Jamaica squad at the 1998 FIFA World held in France, making history as they became the first English-speaking Caribbean country to qualify for a World Cup.

    Sinclair is now reflecting on his time working under some of the world’s best managers by forging a career in coaching. “Glenn Hoddle had the most impact on my career, purely for the time when he was Chelsea manager. When I was 21, Glenn had a great influence on me learning the game and his tactical awareness was incredible, it’s a shame he’s not working in the game and managing today”. He said.

    Frank Sinclair coaching the players

    Since completing his coaching badges Sinclair was appointed player-manager at Welsh Club Colwyn Bay, where he helped save the club from relegation and led them to twelfth place in the Conference North in his first season in charge. After resigning as player-manager for Colwyn Bay, Sinclair has gone onto work in youth football at Oldham Athletic and Stoke City and will be a guest coach on the Edukick program at Ellesmere.

    Sinclair said “If you can get recognised players involved in this program, those who have been there, seen it and done it, it’s a massive influence on these students, because they want to get to know you. They will listen and feed off your every word. So with Richie Wellens, Jon Macken and myself being in and around these players, there’s a support network in place that gives them hope. But it’s not just about the training, tactics or technical advice, it’s also how we can help them outside of football, to potentially overcome any barriers that can get in the way of them progressing to the highest level as possible.”

    Frank Sinclair & the team

    On the Edukick programmes we endeavour to bring the players and students the best possible experiences and advice, and once again with a premier league star such as Frank Sinclair being involved in the programme we have brought a wealth of knowledge to the young players.

    To join us at the Ellesmere Academy (aged 12 – 18) or in Manchester (aged 16+) to experience these opportunities contact us now

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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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