• Guest Coach – David Raven
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    Guest Coach David Raven Visits the Academy

    David Raven Guest Coach

     

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    info@edukick.com

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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 Event
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    The second showcase event at Edukick Manchester took place this week, and once again was a huge success with over 45 players involved and 5 of those being looked at further by professional or semi-professional clubs.

    Warm up for the showcase event

     

    Following on from the first Edukick showcase event in August where 4 players were invited to League 1 side Oldham Athletic for further training, the team in Manchester hosted the second showcase event for the Manchester Academy, the Ellesmere Academy and local players.

    The day’s events kicked off with a talk from Edukick Manchester coach and former Manchester City Striker Jon Macken. Following the initial warm up the players were put through their paces by the Edukick coaches Chris, Jon and Head coach Nigel in a range of drills to help showcase their ability, understanding and coachability.

    Edukick manchester Lads warm up for Showcase

    After a short lunch break the players were once again give advice from a former player who knows what clubs are looking for, ex Chelsea star Frank Sinclair. Frank then stayed on for the afternoon to watch the boys in action after he’d been an EduKick guest coach the week prior.

    In attendance were several clubs from all different levels of football in the northwest including Blackpool FC, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Crewe Alexandra, Radcliffe Borough and Stockport Dynamos to name a few.

    The whole day was a huge success with 5 players being highlighted by clubs for further watching.

    Director Mick Brennan said “What a great day for players. Bringing all the players from both sites together has been fantastic, it adds to the quality of the event and gives the younger players something to aim for going forward seeing the 16+ lads in Manchester. We had a great turn out from the club representatives and scouts with some great feedback. This is only our second event of this type which we are looking to roll out regularly for our academy players and open it out more to local players. The whole day is geared towards giving these players an opportunity to showcase their ability to some influential people in the game. Some may be successful, many won’t be, but they all have that chance and opportunity along with the experience of the day. To have advice from people like Jon Macken and Frank Sinclair is just a massive bonus for the players too and a massive thank you to them both. Both have played at that top level so know what to expect and what it take. You can’t get better advice than that. We’ve had some great comments on the event from the clubs and about the conduct and ability of our academy players too, so well done to them all.”

    The next showcase event will be in April in Manchester. This will be open to all players to book on and register for the day, a weeks training programme or a short residential stay with our academy. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be involved. Places are limited so BOOK NOW.

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    Check out all the photos from the Event by clicking HERE or on the photo below!

    Team photo, Showcase 2017

     

     

     

     

     

     

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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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