It’s been another busy week for the Soccer Smart family! We’ve had our trial in Birmingham, Alicante City FC started their league campaign, one of our players in Gibraltar made the team of the week and much more!
Soccer Smart player makes Gibraltar team of the week
Another week and another victory for Bruno’s Magpies in the new Gibraltar National League. Despite having been in the second-tier last year, the Magpies are top the league with three wins from three. At the weekend they defeated College 1975 FC 3-1 and it was Soccer Smart’s very own Ollie Ford who gave the Magpies the lead and helped send them on the way to victory. The 22-year-old’s performance saw him named in the team of the week! It was a third goal in as many games for the former Droylsden forward.
USA soccer scholarship player sees his college ranked second nationally
Last year, Soccer Smart helped Darlington-born midfielder Max Landau secure a USA soccer scholarship at Lander University. After impressing in his first season, he is now in his second year with the college and they have got their new campaign off to an absolute flier. The Bearcats have started the season with four consecutive wins and with the help of Landau in midfield, they have now risen to be ranked as the second best college nationally in NCAA Division II. It is a fantastic achievement for the college and shows the type of high-level colleges which Soccer Smart can help place you in.
English forward playing soccer in Australia wins big in end of season awards
We’ve told you a lot about Curtis Bateson on this blog. Soccer Smart helped the former North Ferriby United man secure a deal to play football in Australia earlier this year and ever since he has been the main man at his new club, Corio Soccer Club. The 24-year-old has taken the Australian state leagues by storm and new the season is over, he has seen his performances rewarded.
The forward hit eight goals in 11 games for Corio and was named as the club’s best player. He also picked up the golden boot as top scorer for Corio, finish as third top scorer in the league too.
It’s been a great experience for Curtis in Australia. If you’d like to follow in his footsteps then click here.
Soccer Smart Players Around the World #2
This week saw the second installment of our new blog series ‘Soccer Smart Players Around the World’ where we take a look at the players we have helped to play football abroad. This week featured players who have gone on to have success in Australia, Gibraltar and America.
Many of the players who have had success playing football abroad have started their journeys by attending one of of UK football trials. Sign up to one of our open football trials here.
Soccer Smart hosts UK football trial in Birmingham
Speaking of our trials, our latest UK football trial happened last weekend in Birmingham. We had another big turn out and are excited to move forward and help the attendees with the next part of their football careers.
Don’t forget our trials are the perfect place for you to find out more about the different countries we can place you in as well as a chance to get some all important video footage of you in action. You could also be scouted on the day too to play football abroad!
Alicante City FC kick off league campaign
One destination for people who attend one of our UK football trials is to sign for our partner club in Spain, Alicante City FC. Last weekend the team played their first ever match in the sixth-tier of Spanish football after achieving promotion last season.
The team started their campaign with a tricky away game against Racing San Gabriel and unfortunately fell to a 4-2 loss. However ACFC look to bounce back this weekend with a home match against UD Benissa this Sunday.
Soccer Smart USA player wins big in Australia
When Soccer Smart USA helped Garrett Matacale head to Australia to play football abroad, we were all hopeful of a successful season and we weren’t wrong as he has smashed it down under. Playing for Monaro Panthers U20s, Garrett scored five goals in 16 matches to help his team win the league grand final. His performances also saw him named as the club’s players’ player of the year! What a season for Garrett, congratulations!