The facilities include:
The squad competes weekly when possible against other local sides, football academies, traveling teams and professional sides. These competitive fixtures give the players an opportunity to showcase their talent to the coaches and visiting scouts/club coaches and to put into practice the skills from the training sessions.
Throughout the time of the football academy, we offer a variety of excursions and opportunities depending on your time of stay, all participants on the program can have the option to sign up for these events. Events include: trips to professional football clubs for coaching sessions, UK football trial days, guest speakers at the school site in Manchester, watching live games in the northwest of England.
EduKick Social Programme
There’s always something to do after school. Our Social Programme is an excellent chance to practice the English that you learn.
Every week, different afternoon and evening activities are organized for you in Manchester. Regular activities include visits to museums, city tours, afternoon tea, karaoke, international food parties, pub nights, cinema evenings, concerts and more. This will give you the opportunity to meet friends, practice your English and see more of England. Throughout the year we also have visits every Saturday to places like Liverpool, Chester, York, Blackpool and the Lake District
Daily football training with UEFA qualified coaches (Monday – Friday) minimum of 2 hours per session
Pro training sessions are focused and tailored to develop each player both individually and all players collectively as a team technically and tactically targeting competitive fixtures. In the initial weeks of a program, players will be tested and given feedback on areas for improvement. These tests will be repeated with targets set for each player on a regular basis. Players will be involved in football-specific fitness work to improve stamina, strength and core stability which are vitally required attributes in the professional game. Players will learn about their own responsibilities during team training sessions and different systems of play. Players may experience different positions and coaches will try to find the optimum position and role in the games for players.
Regular competitive friendly games against a variety of levels of opponent from local colleges to professional academies
Games will be scheduled based upon the EduKick football academy squad’s ability level to allow them to put into practice what they have worked on during the daily training sessions. In addition to the regular weekly matches throughout the season, we will schedule ‘target’ fixtures where we will play against academies or youth teams from the professional clubs. Past examples of fixtures played are against Preston North End, Accrington Stanley, Bury FC, Manchester United Foundation team, Manchester City Shadow squad, Curzon Ashton, Barrow FC, Altringham FC along with many colleges and visiting touring teams in the Manchester area.
Guest coaching & football training with professional football clubs/coaches in the northwest giving you an opportunity to showcase your talent
During the program, we invite ex-professional players, current club coaches and highly experienced coaches from the UK to our training ground to conduct training sessions. These are a great opportunity not only to showcase a player’s talent to the pros but to see first-hand how the professional club coaches work and what they expect. Previous guest coaches include coaches from Blackburn Rovers, Burnley FC, ex-players from Preston, Manchester City and Manchester United along with current players and coaches from a variety of clubs on the PFA sessions. During the 2014/2015 season, the players were coached by Manchester United star Michael Carrick.
Entry into the UK football Trials in Manchester
You will be able to showcase your talent in front of invited scouts from clubs at all levels of the football structure in the UK and playing alongside some top quality players in the trials. This is a real target for all players to get noticed. At UK football trials on average, they have 12 – 15 different club scouts in attendance, all looking for players. When attending through us players also have the advantage of more information going to the scouts and the UK football trial placement officer. We submit player’s information with notes on their progress throughout their time with us and previous achievements sometimes with links to their own player profile on our website. This information is provided to all scouts in attendance. Attending the football trials twice gives our participants an initial opportunity to test out the trials and familiarise themselves with the environment and nature of the event then use the knowledge and feedback gained to build, prepare and focus on the second session. In recent history, we have had EduKick players selected at the events for further football club trials with Crewe Alexandra FC, Bury FC, Accrington Stanley FC, Everton FC, and Witton Albion.
14 Week Course Fee Includes: