A look back at the last 18 months...
Published Friday 20th of November 2020 01:14 PM
A look back at the last 18 months...
What a year! We saw some extraordinary times around the world, with a global pandemic the like of which has never been seen before.
Despite this, in 2019, UK Football Trials, our sister company, helped no fewer than 56 young footballers to sign for professional football clubs. This was an absolutely fantastic result for us, in that we were able to change the lives of so many aspiring footballers, which is really what we are all about.
Through our trials and camps, we had 734 players scouted which worked out at around one in six of the players who attended. Of these, no fewer than 306 players went into clubs for trials, many of them into more than one club across all standards of football.
Only recently, we have had a player sign for Chelsea’s academy, universally recognised as one of the very best academies on the planet!
You can see the stories of some of these players on our UKFT’s website, by clicking here https://ukfootballtrials.com/success-stories
We were very fortunate at UK Football Schools, in that schools have been given highest priority by the Government and were able to open as normal in September 2020. This means that the football continues at the very high levels we have come to expect.
Starting in September 2020, we helped 131 players in to the very best football schools in England, 53 players in to some of the best international football academies in Europe and international soccer academy in England, and 24 older players in to the best football Universities in the UK. This represents a total of 208 young players, with around 20 more set to begin in January 2021. This is in addition to the 125 players and their families we helped who started in September 2019, and the 31 players we helped start back in September 2018, when we first started the company.
From those who started in 2019 (so this past football season), we have seen some tremendous success stories. For privacy’s sake, I will just state the first names;
Kaspar – called up to represent Estonia U18’s
Luciano – called up to train with the Albania U18’s
Ohad – called up to train for Israel U18’s
Issac – called up to play for Kenya National Youth team
Granit – called up to represent his National Youth Side
Jake – called up to train for his national youth team
Bruna – obtained a scholarship for women’s soccer in the US
Alex – Signed first team contract at a Conference club
Zane – Signed for Championship club
Josh – Signed for a Championship club
Sam – Signed for a semi pro club in Spain
Deniche – trials at Huddersfield Town
Ethan – trials at Northampton and Bury
Razwan – trials at Blackburn Rovers
Kanayo – trials at West Brom, Watford and Forest Green
Freddie – trials at Stoke City and Sheffield United
Kyle – trials at Solihull Moors
Jack – trials at a football league club
Devonte – trials at a football league club
Christian – trials at a EPL and a football league club
Matthew - trials at Fleetwood Town
Joe - trials at Fleetwood Town
Jack – obtained A’s at A Level and progressed on to a top UK University
All these players were playing in their home nations, at grassroots or school level before making the decision to attend a top UK Football School. Opting for this pathway, through football schools, soccer schools in England, International soccer academy in England, or in Europe, gives players opportunities to develop as footballers, and to be widely seen showcasing their skills, in addition to providing them with an outstanding private education to realise their full academic potential.
Well done to them all and we are all looking forward to much more success this coming year, when we trust the Covid pandemic will have very much less of an effect on us all!