Another busy week for Soccer Smart as we look at another one of our success stories, a former player comes to visit the academy and we gear up for our next trial.
Monday 15th July
On Monday, one of our consultants and former professional footballer Richard Ainscough visited the Elite Sports Academy in Liverpool to speak to first year students. This was a great opportunity for students to hear about different pathways they can take after education, especially those routes which involved playing football abroad or working abroad. Richard was the perfect man to deliver the talk to the students as he has played football abroad in both Finland and Gibraltar.
Tuesday 16th July
On Tuesday, our academy lads at the Soccer Smart Academy in Alicante, Spain got to hear from another one of our success stories. Hugh Alban Jones is a former player at our Spanish soccer academy having been on the books at Peterborough United when he was younger. Having impressed at our academy, Hugh secured a contract with Novelda CF to play in the Spanish football pyramid in the fourth-tier where he got to take on Villarreal B at their famous El Madrigal stadium.
Wednesday 17 July
With the dust now settled on the historic friendly last week between our partner club Alicante City and AFC Liverpool, we heard from the man who is involved in both clubs. Chris Anderson has been a big part of Soccer Smart’s history and continues to play a big role in our success. However, he is also part owner of Alicante City and the manager of English non-league side AFC Liverpool. After the friendly last week he gave his thoughts on the projects which you can hear here.
Thursday 18 July
We took an in-depth look at one of the big success stories from the many players we have to sent play soccer in Australia. Curtis Bateson was a professional at Scunthorpe United before impressing in non-league with the likes of North Ferriby United and Gainsborough Trinity. On Thursday we took a look at his career so far and how much he is enjoying his time in Australia. We also took a look at how you can play football in Australia. Read the blog here.
Friday 19 July
It is now just two days until our eagerly-anticipated next trial day, which is being held at Walton Casuals FC in London this Sunday 21 July 2019. These trials are always great occasions with it being the first step for many players on their journeys to play football abroad. This Sunday’s trial will be professional filmed and edited so all players come away with footage they can use and also our consultants will personally advise all players on what’s best for them next in their football careers, whether that be playing abroad in Australia, Spain or at our Spanish soccer academy. If you are interested, you still have time to sign up now. Use the link below for an exclusive £5 discount.