It’s been quite a week for the Soccer Smart family, especially for our Spanish soccer academy in Alicante and it will be rounded off tonight as our partner club Alicante City kick off their pre-season with a huge international friendly, let’s take a look.
Monday 8 July
The week got off to a flier with the news that the Soccer Smart Academy, our international football academy in Spain, would be hosting African giants and Egyptian champions Al Ahly as part of their Spanish tour. The match would see the Soccer Smart Academy take on the likes of former Stoke City player Ramadan Sobhi.
The match brought about great interest in Spain and back in Egypt as Al Ahly’s millions of followers took to social media to get a glimpse of their team in action.
It was a great experience for our Academy boys to take on such a team with hugely talented professional footballers and a huge global following.
In the end, the match finished 9-0 to Al Ahly but the Academy boys did not disgrace themselves with the goalkeeper even saving a penalty.
Highlights from the match have had over 500,000 views on Youtube and pictures from the match have had over 50,000 likes on Instagram!
Tuesday 9 July
We heard from yet another one of our success stories as Soccer Smart player Dan Cockerline filled us in on his time in Australia so far. The 22-year-old started his career with Sheffield United and has played in the National League with Barrow and Southport.
Now with the help of Soccer Smart, the forward is enjoying a new life in Australia with a new club.
Found out what he has had to say about life down under so far here.
Wednesday 10 July
On Wednesday our academy boys were treated to a Q&A with a former Premier League coach. Ben Garner has worked at both Crystal Palace and West Brom as well as having had a spell working in the Indian Super League. He also holds a UEFA Pro Licence.
Ben kindly gave up his time to have a Q&A session with our Soccer Smart Academy players, with him giving an insight into what life is like in professional football.
The academy boys found it inspiring and we thank Ben for his time. See more of what he had to say here.
Thursday 11 July
Preparations for our next UK football trial day in London stepped up as it was now just ten days until the trial at Walton Casuals kicked off. The trial is the perfect place for players to kickstart their hopes of playing football abroad. The soccer trial is on Sunday 21 July in London and you can sign up here.
Friday 12 July
It was a big day today as our partner club Alicante City hosted AFC Liverpool in a big pre-season friendly. Soccer Smart consultant Chris Anderson is the manager of AFC but also the part-owner Alicante City so it was great to make the match happen.
It was the first friendly of the season for Alicante City fresh off their promotion to the sixth-tier of Spanish football and AFC Liverpool will also be looking for promotion this season from the tenth-tier of English football.
In the end, AFC Liverpool snatched a 2-1 victory in a very hard fought game.
You can read more about the match and also watch the game here.