What is Guardianship?
Many independent schools and the UK Visa and Immigration, require players who do not have a family or family friend in the UK to have a “UK Guardian".
Guardians act as a vital “safety net” and typically act as both the school and student’s UK contact and provide a communication link to parents living overseas. They deal with everything from safe transit to and from schools, to reporting back to parents on academic progress, attending parent’s evenings and taking care of any pastoral needs or emergencies a player may have.
Furthermore, many of our players decide to enrol at our schools because of the football progression opportunities. Outside the school football coaching team, players and parents also want a trusted contact to help ensure they are maximising their football development and opportunities. These "football guardians" do not readily exist currently.
Please note that these services are offered to any student studying in an independent school within the UK.
Where We Are Now?
In September 2018 we had 30 players using our service. By December 2018, six of these players (who were all from overseas) had been invited into professional clubs for trials through us. Many of the other players we placed are now progressing with their football very quickly and have generated a lot of interest from scouts.
As a result of these exciting developments, we experienced lots of calls and emails from these players, asking for our help and advice on footballing issues. These issues included help with trials, immigration law, (pro clubs pay thousands of pounds for lawyers to help them with such issues!), even things such as players not getting enough game time at school or being made to play out of position! The service is great for those who need general help with their football whilst they are schooling in the UK. We have therefore put together several packages that all aspiring footballers at schools or colleges up and down the country can use to help them progress with their football careers.
UK Football Schools recommended Guardianship Service.
For those needing a UK based guardian (required by most independent schools), this can be arranged for £500 per term. The UK guardianship company we recommend and deal with is absolutely first class, and has over fifteen years of experience of UK school Guardianship. The company will ensure that the student athlete receives help with all the very important pastoral aspects of boarding school life. They will also ensure transport to and from airports is arranged, that the student is looked after in the event of illness or injury, and help ensure that they are progressing satisfactorily academically. There is 24-hour support available for both student and parents in the event of welfare and well-being concerns, and a place to stay during half term or school holidays can be arranged if required. With the recent Corona virus outbreak, the tremendous advantages of having a Guardianship service in place have never been more starkly illustrated. Having a UK based Guardian to help solve the complex pastoral and logistical problems that this outbreak has caused has been hugely beneficial to all the parties involved.
In addition to this traditional Guardianship package, many of our players are looking for football development as an important part of their school experience. In the last year, we have trialled three football mentoring packages to a select group of players, to help guide and support them with their football journey through the various age groups of their school career. These are designed to meet the different needs and requirements of parents and players. We have received excellent feedback from our select group over the last year, and so we are continuing this for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note, because of the intensive individual nature of these package, the numbers that we can support are limited. The details of these packages are outlined below (it is possible for those who don’t need UK guardians to take one of the below packages out separately).
Additional Football Mentorship Packages
Basic Package – limited packages available for the next school year.
Who would this be great for?
This package is recommended for those who are looking to make the most of their football whilst at school in the UK, and give themselves every chance of being seen by multiple scouts. We are contactable for advice and can use our contacts and trials to the benefit of players. We have helped players in the past contact football clubs when they have been scouted (and not contacted), have one on one's with players when we visit their schools and can communicate with the schools’ Directors of Football regarding any issues a player may be experiencing. We can help parents and players understand the FA, FIFA and immigration laws when looking to join pro clubs. We can assist with trial arrangements and indeed with anything else needed to help them progress their football. The free UKFT trial, where we highlight our player to scouts, gives players outstanding exposure and every opportunity to be noticed by pro clubs.
Gold Package – Limited packages available for the next school year.
Platinum Elite Package - limited packages available for the next school year.
Additional charged extras are also available on the Elite package, such as one-on-one sessions with one of our head coaches (who are coaching at pro clubs currently) and/or one-on-one psychology sessions with our specialist psychologist. Please ask for details.
Who would the Gold and Elite Packages be great for?
The Gold and Elite packages are recommended for those really serious about progressing within football. It contains the maximum amount of exposure, feedback, development and care that we can offer. This gives our players everything possible to add to the experience of studying in the UK, and gives them every opportunity to excel. The specialised assistance provided by the elite package has this year helped two players to sign a pro contract and 4 others earned trials at different clubs (from just 9 on this package!).
Obviously, we can’t promise that these packages will result in a professional football contract (no-one can), however we will do our very upmost to do what we can to drastically improve your performance whilst ensuring pastoral needs and well-being is catered for; and we have a proven record of doing so!
As aforementioned, if you are studying in an independent school in the UK, want to drive your football forward and wish to discuss any of these options, please click "Find Out More" for more information and fees!