SUCCESS! Jonni Turner aged 17 scouted from the West London trials by Millwall FC
Great news for a talented 17 year old from Scotland who attended two trials in the same week travelling a long and making a great effort to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. Jonni who is an accomplished left footed central attacking midfielder, already has a a quality CV with experience at Hibernian and Hearts in Scotland. Scouted at the West London Trial, Jonni has been in for his trial period and describes his experience with the club and UK Football Trials: "My experience at Millwall was beneficial in being able to learn different drills and training techniques that I had not previously done so in my other clubs and experiencing football at an English club. The experience has taught me to stay focused and driven to achieve my goal as a professional football player. Having attended the UK Football Trials event I thought it was a good opportunity for me to gain exposure with English football clubs. Also meeting players not only from all over UK but Spain, France and Holland was a great experience." We congratulate Jonni on a great trial! Your next opportunity is in October half term - all dates on the website now!
Pro Club success! 15 year old Anthony Beyga gets scouted at our Manchester Football Trial
Another success story from our last football trials in Manchester where 15 year old Anthony Beyga put in a great performance to get scouted on the day by a League 2 Club! Head of Recruitment for Accrington Stanley attended in person and immediately spotted Anthony who showed great confidence, technical ability, pace and vision right from the start. Anthony continues the trend of our scouted players when asked about the hours of hard work dedicated to his football: "My training regime involves daily sessions at the gym, regular jogs and playing football as much as I can whether that's with my team or just my mates, it all helps my game. My current team have been 3 time league champions and current U/15 Merseyside Cup winners." He is enjoying his time on trial: ""I'm currently on trial and the professional training I'm receiving here is exceptional and I know I'll certainly come out a better player whatever the outcome." Well done Anthony from all the team! If you want to take your chance then our October events are now up on the website! CLICK READ MORE for his testomonial for UK Football Trials!
SUCCESS! Pro Club trial at Accrington Stanley for 13 year old Kyle Oakes
Kyle Oakes is the first player of our record breaking August trial events to start his pro cliub trial at League 2 Club Accrington Stanley! A very talented attacking player who was scouted at our Manchester Trial by the Head of Recruitment for the Club who offered an immediate trial start for Kyle. He is now 2 weeks into his time at the club and is settling well and really enjoying his time so far! Kyle said "My trial with UK Football Trials was enjoyable, challenging, competitive but also fun. I have carried out several training sessions at Accrington so far and started in the 1st league fixture in which we won 4-0. I have found all the staff, coaches and players very friendly, helpful and welcoming. I am enjoying my time here and enjoy playing as part of the squad." We congratulate Kyle on a great trial performance and his training schedule of playing football 7 days a week, working hard at his game is clearly paying off - well done from all the UK Football Trials Team! Click READ MORE for Kyle's testimonial for us!
All feedback and decisions sent out from our August UK wide football trial events!
The pro club and semi pro club scouts as well as the UEFA Coaches in the UK Football Trials team, have all returned their decisions following meetings and phone calls. The office team have worked all weekend to send out emails to every player with a decision. Head of Operations Harry Price will be calling all scouted players today and tomorrow in order to discuss the next step. Once again - well done to all of the players that participated - the team have been so impressed with the efforts from you all. We also wish to thank the parents for their time on the sidelines and we hope they enjoyed it too. There are still some email addresses that have bounced, so if you have not received your feedback then don't panic (!) simply email the office on email@example.com and the team will sort it out for you! Just let them know your full name, trial attended and they will locate your email from there! Congratulations to the 43 players scouted over the 2 weeks and to the many players now on trial already at clubs. Our next events are up on the website now for October and two events are already half full so please book early for the best price and to reserve your space!
incredible 2 weeks of trials around the UK Completed!
It's been the biggest trial set in the history of UK Football Trials. This August 653 players from 37 countries aged between 10 and 28 years old, took our trials in 10 locations around the UK. A world class UEFA coaching team and scouts from Premier League level to Semi Pro covered the trials and a huge number of players have been selected to go forward for trials at football clubs. Every player has received same day individual feedback on their game and decisions are being finalised at the UK Football Trials Head Office, with coaches and scouts reporting back on their selected players. We wish to thank every player and parent who made the effort to attend our trials - the whole team have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with you all and have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have seen and the attitudes and characters on display. Plans for the new 2014 / 2015 season are being implemented right now - and we will keep you all posted on our exciting news! All decisions will be sent out by September 7th and our next trials are now on the website for players to book! Well done everyone and thank you once again to everyone that attended!
Gary Johnson - Manager of Pro Club Yeovil Town FC Endorses UK Football Trials
Following this summers placement of 19 year old Ferdinand Takyi into a first team trial at Yeovil Town, we are delighted to receive a testimonial endorsement from Yeovil Manager Gary Johnson. Gary is a very well respected manager in the professional game and his brother Peter is the chief scout who attends our London based trials looking for talented players. Here is what Gary had to say: "UK Football Trials are an excellent company who use a highly effective system to identify players. If they send me a player I am confident they've been properly assessed due to the standard of coaches they use and our club will always have a look at them on trial." We appreciate Gary's words and look forward to welcoming Peter back at our West and South London trials this week.
Success! Philip Walter - Great Story to inspire young players this August Trial Set!
We first met a 10 year old Philip Walter at our trials in Birmingham last season. He got scouted by a premiership team on the day, but faced some obstacles and has overcome them to his great credit to sign this season. We asked Phil to share his story to help inspire players looking to get a pro club opportunity this season. "After my trial at the premiership club, I was told I was not quite at the required level. In my disappointment I cried and questioned my self - was I ever going to be good enough? So I picked myself up and trained and worked harder. Then I had a serious injury to my right knee with eight weeks in a cast but I didn't let it hold me back - it made me more determined. I still trained with my cast on but on my good leg. Once the cast was off I trialled again with UK Football Trials and they gave me back my confidence. A few weeks after the trial I was given a chance to trial for Junior Blues at Birmingham City Football Club. I was successful and am now playing for them in the NERF Junior Premier League. It's now onwards and upwards hopefully and thanks to UK Football Trials for all their help and support . Never let anything hold you back - IT'S NOT THE SKILL, IT'S THE WILL TO SUCCEED and the right attitude. Thank you once again UK Football Trials, Harry Price, Darran Jones and all the team."
UK Football Trials media coverage reaches BBC Radio and regional press
UK Football Trials Director Harry Price met with All About Ballerz Director and Pro Player Guy Branston to discuss plans for the Plymouth football trial on August 29th. This is the first time UK Football Trials will be in the South West of the country and gives players in the region their first local chance to get scouted. Today Harry has been interviewed by BBC Radio for the Saturday sports show and media requests regarding the trial and collaboration between UK Football Trials and All About Ballerz has reached the papers for release next week! Guy who will head up the Plymouth Trial on August 29th has the same philosophy to help unsigned players turn pro and on the day of the trial he will give our trial players some great words of advice and provide further support to help players progress in the game. So if this sounds like what you're after then secure your space onto the Plymouth Trial before it reaches the masses in the media!!
SUCCESS! Ben Long Aged 13 - Scouted by AFC Wimbledon and Interest from premier league club!
Great news for 13 year old (soon to be 14) central midfielder Ben Long as he joins our growing list of success stories! Ben attended our trials in May and was scouted by AFC Wimbledon chief scout and had interest from a Premier League scout too! Ben has all the traits for his preferred position - good feet, vision, awareness, passing, receiving and ball control, with the fitness to get around the pitch. Ben gives his thoughts on his trial time so far: "I've been trialling with a joint squad at Wimbledon. I have enjoyed playing high intensity football in match related sessions and this is giving me confidence to make the right decisions both on and off the ball. I've also been approached by a Premier League team for a trial with them!" We congratulate Ben on his selection and wish him continued success on his trial time at the club! Could you be our next success story this August? Take your chance like Ben did at a trial this August!
SUCCESS! Jeremiah Chong Aged 16 - Scout and on trial at Crystal Palace and Millwall
Great news to 16 year old winger Jeremiah Chong as he gets scouted by two clubs from our trial events in May. Having spent 2 weeks at Millwall on trial and learnt a huge amount from the experience, he has since been into Crystal Palace where he remains for the moment, and the club are keeping track of his match performances this coming season. Jerry is a quick right footed winger and currently plays at a good level of football but is determined to take the next jump up the ranks so attended our trials in May and will be back this August! Jerry gives his thoughts on our trials to inspire other players: "UK Football Trials is such an amazing opportunity that could help anyone achieve their dream of becoming a professional football player. I would definitely recommend it as you get the opportunity to showcase your talent to scouts from top clubs and they help you improve as a player." Congratulations Jeremiah and we will track his progress with interest!
UK FOOTBALL TRIALS - "THE SEARCH" - Incredible setup ready for our August Football Trials
August sees UK Football Trials "The Search" just 2 weeks away! The office team, coaches and agent are busy still placing many more players into pro and semi pro clubs for trials and finalising plans for our August trials. The coaching staff confirmed, scouts confirmed and the clubs interested in our players has never given our trial players such an amazing platform to get scouted, as our success stories reach far and wide across the UK and overseas. We have less than 10 spaces left on 8 of our trials now and a huge number of bookings recently. SO - If you are looking for that chance to get scouted, just need to showcase your talent and want to get an independent opinion with NO POLITICS, with opportunities from Premier League to Semi pro level.... then you need "UK FOOTBALL TRIALS - THE SEARCH" this August. Book your space now to secure your space or call / email the office team for help!
Guy Branston joins the UK Football Trials Team for Plymouth Trial This August!
UK Football Trials is delighted to confirm that Guy Branston who has 420 pro appearances to his name, is leading our trial in Plymouth this August. Guy who has captained several pro clubs and won many "Player of the Year" awards as a strong centre back and is finishing his playing career at Plymouth Argyle FC. UK Football Trials have partnered with his new venture "All About Ballerz" which helps players get scouted through video and CV assistance through his huge UK Wide network of contacts. Guy said: "I highly recommend UK Football Trials to footballers who want to show off their abilities to multiple scouts. I am really happy to be offered the head coach role for the Plymouth event on August 29th - I really want to help find talented lads for this area and abroad. UK Football Trials and my business allaboutballerz.com work closely together helping all footballers. Not all the lads will be successful on the day but we will give them another avenue for possible success." Guy gives the players in the South West a real chance to get scouted by pro and semi pro clubs in the area and we are delighted to have him working with us!
NEW GLOBAL HEAD COACH OF UK FOOTBALL TRIALS - KEVIN KENT
Great news tonight as Kevin Kent accepts the new position of GLOBAL HEAD COACH of UK Football Trials. Kevin has worked at our trials in Manchester and also was part of the team to travel to Greece for our first overseas trials in June. Kevin Said: "I'm delighted to accept the role as Global Head Coach having worked for the company for 2 years and seen the way it has developed and is growing. I'm really excited about the international plans we have and the new services for our players being launched this coming season!" Kevin played over 400 professional games from Premiership to Lower league before taking on a number of high end coaching roles including a Technical Director for a National Team, Academy coaching roles at Stoke and Port Vale and being the Lead Coach of Manchester United Soccer Schools International Programs. He now also work for the BBC Radio as a live match reporter and still takes part in big charity football matches. Players this August will get the chance to work with Kevin at three of our locations and Kevin is now working to develop our international expansion plans and new coaching services to be launched soon! One project we believe will revolutionise the way players of all ages are coached in the UK! Keep an eye on our website!
Aldershot Town FC academy coach & Scout - Conference Premier - Looking for players from our trials this August
Aldershot Town FC, Academy Coach and scout for the club Marc Wardley attended his first UK Football Trials event and scouted a number of players who are currently on trial still at the club! We asked Marc about his thoughts on our trials and his interest for our August events: "UK Football Trials is a fantastic opportunity for players of all ages to showcase their ability. I'm looking forward to attending more trials this August - I know I will pick up a few good players." Marc in particular is keen to scout players aged 16-19 so if you fit in this age bracket our August trials are a great opportunity for you!
SUCCESS! Dinesh Gillela aged 14 - Trials with Brentford and now Crsytal Palace!
Congratulations to 14 year old Dinesh Gillela from Woking who performed well at our recent trials in West London and has further been in for trials with Brentford and now at Crystal Palace. At 6 foot tall, Dinesh is a right footed midfield player who is physically well developed for a young player, with good technical ability, game understanding and movement to create time on the ball. "At the pro clubs, I have learnt various football styles of play and tactics employed from these clubs which has been challenging and interesting and a real eye opener." On his trial with UK Football Trials he said "UK Football Trials gave me exposure on what academies are looking for in a player. The training sessions were very good, run by top class coaches. It was fun, enjoyable & training conducted by country’s top coaches and I would definitely recommend others to attend." We congratulate Dinesh and will keep everyone posted on his developments!
SUCCESS! Brandon Philips Aged 15 - Scout books of Premier League team and On trial with Millwall FC
Great news for 15 year old Brandon Philips as he gets a trial opportunity at Millwall FC after being scouted by the club at our London trials in May. A premier league club scout has also watched Brandon play and will be keeping updated with his progress! An exciting right winger with a good physical presence and pace, he excels in 1v1 situations and is adjusting to football back in the UK. He has been in Spain and experienced playing at FC Barcelona, Athletico Madrid and other before returning to the UK this February! Brandon said: "Millwall FC coaching is excellent and the academy players are great standard. I learned at Millwall to have a good attitude and the importance of hard work in every training session. It's a great opportunity to play there." We wish him all the best with his trial! If you want to be our next Success Story - our trials in August are on sale now but with limited spaces left - BOOK NOW!
International Success! PLayers scouted from our Greece trip arrive for trials with UK pro clubs!
Following the UK Football Trials team trip to Athens and Larissa, two players aged 17 were scouted by our group and are now in the UK for pro clubs trials starting today at Championship Team Wolverhampton Wanderers. Our team in Greece did a great job hosting and supporting the event at superb venues which allowed UK Football Trials coaches Kevin Kent and Steve Johnson along with our Agent Tony Awor to select the players. Using the contacts in our network and a well co-ordinated effort from our teams in both countries, these players now have an incredible opportunity to secure a place at a top club. Both aged 17 their trial will be a physical and mental challenge, but having seen them perform over 3 days in Greece, we are confident they will do themselves proud and have a great chance to sign for a club. Standing at over 6 foot 2 and 6 foot 4, they showed the speed, agility, vision, awareness and skill needed to play at this level in the UK and we look forward to supporting them during their stay here in the UK! Good luck guys - give it your best shot!
SUCCESS! Turki Al Anazi aged 15 on trial with Pro Club Millwall!
Great news for 15 year old Turki who performed well during our May trials and got scouted by the club to go in for pre season training. Turki who has had spells with 3 top European Clubs soccer schools and worked hard to progress his game, is an exciting left footed midfielder with good dribbling skills under pressure in tight spaces. He impressed London coach Mel Jeffries who invited Turki in for pre season training. Turki showed a real enthusiasm and passion for the game right from the start and was a pleasure to coach - that personable character and attitude contributed to his selection when mixed with his technical ability. We congratulate Turki on his success and wish him the best of luck on his trial with the club! CLICK READ MORE to hear what Turki had to say about the experience at Millwall and UK Football Trials:
UKFT Player Ferdinand Takyi Plays against Torquay United This Evening!
Great news this evening as UK Football Trials player Ferdinand Takyi makes his second appearance for Yeovil Town FC and remains at the club, on trial with the First Team. Updates to UK Football Trials have been positive and his hard work in pre season training has been excellent. Tonight he plays against League opposition Torquay United which will be a step in level for the 19 year old scouted by Yeovil Chief Scout Peter Johnson from our trial in West London. He still has a chance to sign a First Team Professional Contract for the club if he can meet the level needed by the Manager. We wish Ferdinand the best of luck tonight and will keep you posted on his developments!
U21 Manager of Semi Pro Club Kettering Town FC gives his view of UK Football Trials
In May UK Football Trials invited Mitch Austin - U21 Manager of Kettering Town to attend our trials in Birmingham and London. Mitch sent us this message after scouting a player from our trials who has now signed for the club! "Just wanted to thank you for you invitation to the Birmingham & London trials. The level of training from the coaches was outstanding, the communication and organisation was second to none. After watching both the trials I must say I was so impressed with the system you have in place, such a professional set up. I would highly recommend any footballer looking to get spotted to attend this events, I was just a number of scouts there on the 2 sessions I attended. I spotted a young lad who lived locally to us and after his successful trial with us (Kettering town u21's) he will be involved with us for the forthcoming season. The lad was called Perry Katesmark age 18. Again thanks to all at UK football trials and I hope more players out there don't miss out on this outstanding opportunity next up in August." Make sure you secure your space for August - there are now limited spaces left on all our trials so hurry!
UK Football Trials completes 6 days of trials in Greece!
Six of the UK Football Trials team have just returned from a superb 8 day trip to Athens and Larissa. The team included coaches Kevin Kent, Billy Stewart, Steve Johnson, FIFA Agent for UK Football Trials Tony Awor and Stoke City National Scout Justin Goodchild. Over the 6 days of trials, 270 players were put through their paces to identify players that could be sent to the UK Pro Clubs for further opportunities. Lampros Lionas of UK Trials Hellas who runs the Greek operation of UK Football Trials organised the excellent venues and even a surprise guest visit from the National Coach of Greece who attended for a day in Athens after returning from the World Cup. Harry Price, Director of UK Football Trials said: "We've had a great trip. The standard of the players has been higher than we were expecting - technically they are some excellent players and the physicality has been immense! Our team have identified some players to travel to the UK at the end of June who have a chance to sign for pro clubs and we are already planning our next visit for September with operations expanding into many more countries in Europe. We would like to thank Lampros and his team for being such great hosts and to the players and parents for their energy and enthusiasm - the positive feedback has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated."
SUCCESS! Jaydon Charles - Aged 16 - gets pro club trial with Aldershot!
Great news today for the promising 16 year old striker from Great London - Jaydon Charles, as he was scouted at our May Trials in London by pro club Aldershot! Jaydon who is a great athlete and has completed 3 and half years at Dagenham and Redbridge, showed a great character on the day right from the start and an attitude of commitment attending two back to back trials! He maintained a peak level of intensity throughout the 6 hours which was very impressive in the heat! The Aldershot scout on the day identified Jaydon quickly saying he was "raw, quick and very strong" and liked his vision, awareness and movement - especially in the 11 v 11 match. Jaydon is going for a trial this week and we will keep you posted on his progress! Congratulations to Jaydon on a superb trial performance! CLICK READ MORE to learn more about Jaydon's experience with UK Football Trials
SUCESS! 13 year old Luke Partington completes a season at Port Vale FC
Great news for Luke Partington who saw us at our May UK Football Trials events at Manchester, following a season with Pro Club Port Vale FC. Luke who with brother Nathaniel (See below 2 news stories) becomes yet another success story from our trial events! Luke is an excellent defender at our trials, who noticeably could use both feet equally comfortably and play in many positions - preferring either left or right back. After a great season, we caught up with the promising 13 year old who talked about his experience at the club and his training as he remains there for next season. CLICK READ MORE
SUCCESS! Perry Katesmark - aged 18 - signs for semi pro club Kettering Town FC
Great news today for 18 year old Perry who attended our May Birmingham Trial. He plays centre midfield and is a strong right footed player. His main strengths include his ball control and awareness of the game. He has played football mainly in Spain and lived there for 8 years then had a 2 year spell at Luton town academy. Perry came to the Birmingham trial and was scouted by Kettering Town U21 Manager Mitch Austin who took Perry in for a trial at the weekend and had no hesitation in offering Perry the U21's shirt and a season at the club! Mitch will be adding his thoughts about our trials later this week and congratulate Perry on an excellent trial with us where he performed exceptionally well and stood out. "I came to the Trial in Birmingham and had a great day! Really enjoyed the experience and thought the coaches were really good. Would definitely recommend UK Football Trials as a way to open new doors if you are struggling to get trials for a team."
SUCESS! 13 year old Nathaiel Partington completes a season at Port Vale FC
We caught up with Nathaniel after he completed his season at Port Vale FC following a successful trial with us in Manchester, having been placed into the club through UK Football Trials coach Kevin Kent. Nathaniel whose brother will also feature on here soon, were both scouted by Kevin following an excellent display. Nathaniel is a both footed, quick winger who can play left or right side, who reads the game well and impressed from the start. He has had a fantastic time at Port Vale FC who have dramatically improved his game. Click READ MORE to learn more about his time at the club and his training:
SUCCESS! Jermaine Bell Aged 19 - Gets International Level Call Up!
Amazing news today for UK Football Trials player Jermaine Bell as he is called up to represent the national team of Montserrat! Jermaine a 19 year old stands at 5 foot 7, has excellent core strength, with an incredible versatility to play full back, centre mid and or right/left midfield! He is extremely agile, quick, technically gifted both footed for shooting and short and long range passing and he has quick feet to beat players. "I train 4 times a week with 1 hard fitness day, 1 gym strength and conditioning day, and the other two days technical ball work and SAQ work - My diet was hard to get right at first but it's benefited me a lot from eating well out of habit. I was invited to a trial for the national trial and I came second in the fitness section and was told I stood out when we did the ball work. After a successful trial I was selected to join the national team for my first two caps for our two qualifying games in Montserrat - I fly out on Sunday! We asked Jermaine on his thoughts on UK Football Trials. "Having attended the UK Football Trials in London I want to thank you for the professionalism and all of the advice I was given after the trial on how to improve my game. Thank you for the training I received and the confidence you gave me. I would highly recommend any unsigned player to go to these trials as they helped my development which helped me get my international call up." We congratulate Jermaine on an outstanding achievement and will keep you posted on his National Level performances!
UK Football Trials form official partnership with Sport Travel Company LSR Sports
We are delighted to announce that Surrey based LSR SPORTS becomes the official travel partner for UK Football Trials. SO what does that mean for YOU? Simply contact the company and mention UK FOOTBALL TRIALS and be assured they will find you the best possible price and bespoke packages on Hotels, Flights, Transport, Group Football Tours to the UK or to overseas countries, Stadium Tours, Premier League Tickets, Football League Tickets and even tourist attractions! Lee Rogers - MD of LSR explains: "“We at LSR Sports are proud to be the official travel partner for UKFT. Booking travel can be extremely stressful and time consuming. So when you book a trial with UK Football Trials let us take care of everything else - No hassle, no stress for the players and parents. Whatever your travel needs LSR Sports will offer you the most cost effective solution." CALL: 01372 253226 Visit the Website: http://www.lsrsports.com and SAY: "UK Football Trials"
TRIALS NEXT WEEK - Last few remaining spaces! HURRY!
Our May trials are approaching soon - starting with an amazing opportunity to play at Premier League Team Stoke City's Britannia Stadium! Players will experience what it's like to be a premiership footballer with access to players changing rooms, the tunnel, media interview area and then playing on the pitch! There are just 2 spaces left on the trial for players aged 10-14 and 1 spaces for the Goal Keepers. We then go to Manchester on May 26th where 3 players in April have since been on trial with Premier League clubs! There are 7 spaces left for outfielders and the same for goal keepers aged 10-28. After that it's to Birmingham where which is now SOLD OUT and finally to QPR's training ground on May 29th - spaces on the Goal Keeper Trial! We wish you all the best of luck and wanted to let players and parents know there are now VERY limited spaces left. Call, email or text us for help or questions - we're a friendly bunch, happy to help!
SUCCESS! Jay Brockway aged 22 Scouted for Pre Season at Wealdstone FC
Great news today for UK Football Trials as 22 year old Jay Brockway becomes our next success story with pre season lined up at Semi Pro Club Wealdstone FC. Jay is an incredible athlete and one of the best we have seen in our trials - at 6 foot 5 and 14 stone he has pace and as a striker he causes a physical challenge to any defence. Scouted from our London trial, he stood out from the start under the watchful eye of the coaches. "I was top scorer at every amateur club played for. I then played semi-pro for Haverfordwest in the Welsh League then decided to move to London to further my working career as a personal trainer. I have peaked my fitness levels and want to apply this to my football." We wanted to get an insight to his training methods - "I'm a Crossfit Level 1 trainer so my training is constantly varied, functional and high intensity - I'm looking forward to transferring this strength and speed onto the pitch." We congratulate Jay on his success and will keep you posted on his pre season performance!
SUCCESS! Ferdinand Takyi aged 19 Scouted for 1st Team Pre Season at Yeovil Town FC
Great news for 19 year old Ferdinand Takyi as he is scouted from our latest London Trial in April. A great athlete who plays attacking midfield and is confident on the right, left or centre! Spotted on the day by Chief Scout of Yeovil Town FC Peter Johnson, Ferdinand impressed right from the start, even at registration where he showed a polite and confident attitude. Peter from the club said "Ferdinand was a player that really caught my eye immediately. At 19 year old he has come into the game late due to furthering his education - but looks like he has a real chance. I have invited him in for pre season training and have high hopes he will gain a contract with us." For more on Ferdinand have a look at our Success Stories Page! Harry Price Head of Operations said "We congratulate Ferdinand on one of the best performances we have seen at UK Football Trials since we started. He is a great footballer with a good attitude and personality to progress in the game." Ferdinand once again shows that even at 19, you still have a chance to get a break into the pro game through our trial system!
SUCCESS! Daniel Parkinson aged 20 Scouted for Pre Season at Semi Pro Club Grays Athletic!
Great news today at the UK Football Trials office as 20 year old Daniel Parkinson has been scouted from our London Trials to go for Pre Season with Grays Athletic. Daniel a quick attacking midfielder showed excellent game understanding, vision, awareness, close control, creativity and was a stand out communicator in the whole trial. Daniel tells his story: "I attended two London UK Football Trials in London which were both unsuccessful but feedback from the scouts was that I was getting better. It gave me the fuel to work even harder on my game. Coming back a third time was good, I knew what had to be done to get selected. I train everyday, always eating healthy foods." Daniel is a great example to players in their late teens and early 20's who think it might be too late - he is proof that it isn't! "My message to other "older" players like me - is that you can’t get upset or give up after 1 or 2 set backs – almost every player in the game would have had a set back, but it's how you choose to respond!" We wish Daniel every success with his trial and congratulate him on his successful trial performance.
Major improvement to Feedback for our trials this May
Great news confirmed today for all UK Football Trial players. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback from players and parents about our junior feedback system - ALL PLAYERS of ALL AGES will now benefit from individual, same day, graded feedback - starting at our May trials! Whilst we do encourage youth and senior players to "self assess" their game performances, it is clear that a valued opinion in writing from our team would be of great benefit to the players. CLICK READ MORE
SUCCESS! Yeovil Town FC Chief Scout report after selecting a 19 year old for Pre Season Training!
Great news as Peter Johnson, Chief Scout of Yeovil Town FC (brother of manager Gary) came to our football trials in London and selected a 19 year old player who is going in for Pre Season Training with the chance to sign a pro contract with the club. We interviewed Gary who had the following report for us: "It was a great opportunity for me to see lots of footballers from Europe and around the world of all ages. A player that really caught my eye immediately was a 19 year old who has come into the game late due to furthering his education - but looks like he has a real chance. I have invited him in for pre season training and have high hopes he will gain a contract with us." We asked for Peters view of his visit to our trials: "UK Football Trials is a great, genuine opportunity for all players to be scouted by all levels in the football pyramid, from Premier League to Semi Pro - as we're all there to find players!" We will be releasing a full review of this news soon but it just shows - if you have the ability, no matter what your age - we can open the doors in all divisions and age groups! Our May trials are a great time to get scouted - so book your place now!
SUCCESS! Goal Keeper Carlos Mora Currently on Trial at Premier League team Everton FC!
Great news for 15 year old Spanish Goal Keeper Carlos! He is in the middle of a trial period with Premier League Club Everton following excellent Goal Keeper Trial displays at our Manchester events. Carlos is in his second spell at UK Football Trials International School partner - Edukick Manchester. Carlos joined Edukick Manchester following an English language studies & football academy training programme. Carlos retuned following a successful spell to push more for opportunities in the professional game. After great performances in training, games and at the UK Football Trials events - UK Football Trials Goal Keeper Coach put him forward to the premier league club. Carlos says: "UK Football Trials was a great experience that helped to showcase my talent and put into practice what I have developed in the school. The trials have shown me too what I need to do on and off the pitch to be successful. At Everton, the facilities are fantastic and the coaching is world class." Mick Brenan Director of the School is assisting and supporting Carlos every step of the way and we congratulate him on his success! For more on Carlos's experience click READ MORE!
Superb week of Football Trials sees excellent performances from 350 players!
Last week, UK Football Trials hosted 350 players from 24 countries who played in sell out open trials in Manchester, Birmingham, West London and South London. Outfield players and goal keepers were put through their paces by top level UEFA Pro Licence and A Licence coaches, assisted by scouts in attendance from Premier League clubs to Semi Pro. Coach and scout correspondence has been operating all week and decisions made on every player - we are delighted that yet again - a large number have been selected for trials at a higher level! Every player will receive feedback on April 25th by 8pm, which will include advice from industry experts to assist our players. Thanks to all parents and players for attending - it was a great week and we saw some outstanding players, performances and the attitudes were exceptional! Our next football trials are in May and are on the website NOW!
Outstanding Goal Keeper Coach Billy Stewart Joins the UK Football Trials Team!
UK Football Trials are delighted to officially welcome Billy Stewart into the team for our Manchester and Birmingham Goal Keeping Trials this April! Billy is a well known industry expert who is highly respected as a person and goal keeper coach. Billy has and incredible 21 coaching qualifications to his name, including UEFA A Licence for both outfield and Goal Keeper coaching! With over 350 Football League Game & 150 Nationwide Conference Game appearances, he has a wealth of playing experience, starting at Liverpool FC, then Wigan Athletic, Chester City, Northampton Town and Chesterfield (where they won the play off at Wembley) to name a few! As a coach he has working at International level including England U19, Northern Ireland U19 & U21 and Premier League Level with Liverpool FC as academy coach for ages 9-18 & Reserve Coach for aged 17 to 1st team! This is an AMAZING opportunity for our players attending our Manchester goal keeper trial and Birmingham goal keeper trial to be coached, learn from and assessed by someone of this level. Billy said “UK Football Trials is an excellent opportunity to give players a stage to perform in front of knowledgeable football people.” We welcome Billy into the team and click READ MORE to reads his TOP 10 elements he looks at to Scout Players!
SUCCESS! Marley Wright Currently on Trial at Crystal Palace and Brentford
UK Football Trials wish to send their congratulations to an excellent young player scouted from the London Trials. 11 year old Marley Wright a both footed, left midfield / striker attended our February trials and was scouted by Crystal Palace and Brentford. He is doing well at both clubs and had an excellent trial, showing confidence with both feet, superb technical ability and determination against older players on the day. (Have a look at our SUCCESS STORIES section to learn what the coaches and scouts saw in Marley as a player!) We asked parent Jim Wright for an update of his experience at both clubs which was great to hear - CLICK READ MORE to hear how Marley is found his experience so far with UK Football Trials and the pro club training he is going through!
UK Football Trials has Hired Premier League Team Stoke City's Stadium for May Football Trial!
Today UK Football Trials has agreed terms to hire the Britannia Stadium for Sunday May 25th from 1pm to 4pm. The structure will be the same as our usual trials but players will have the premier league player experience, using the changing rooms, walking onto the pitch through the tunnel and then using the finest playing surface. To experience a memory to last a lifetime and one you will never forget then have a look at our TRIAL DATES Page and book under the appropriate age group. Numbers are strictly limited and discounted for the first 20 players - so HURRY to avoid disappointment as this will sell out! Parents and family can soak up the atmosphere from the stands as we look to deliver a day to remember forever!
Overseas Player Tells his Story of his UK Football Trials Experience
At UK Football Trials we are getting lots of enquiries from overseas players about what we do. So, to see if our service is right for you – here is the full story of Gusten Sundqvist aged 19 from Finland who attended our latest trial in February. We hope it helps all overseas players!
“What an experience! I attended the trials in London and really liked the professionalism of the coaches and the organisation. I came from Finland to attend the trials and it was totally worth it. The possibility to get personal verbal feedback right after the trials made it even better, and to get it from such professional coaches meant a lot to me. They helped me keep the hope for my dream alive and now I know what to improve on to the next trial. I recommend other overseas players to attend the trials if you think you have the talent or even if you just want to get experience and guidance. I really appreciate what UKFT are doing for us. With the pro club scouts there and the coaches scouting talent, professionalism and contacts they can make your dreams come reality." CLICK READ MORE For the full continued story
Fantastic week of football trials sees record number of players scouted!
The latest February events saw 410 players from 21 countries play over 5 days in 4 cities across the UK. The standard seen this last trial set has been great, with many moments of brilliance mixed and staggering energy and enthusiasm throughout, sometimes in testing conditions. Scouts from Premier League to Semi Pro level attended with many already confirming for April. A record 34 players have been scouted which is a great success and testament to the players involved. Everyone has been contacted and UK Football Trials would like to thank all the parents and players involved - the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with 170 people already giving us their thoughts. As a company we are continuing to look to improve and have made changes to the GK trials and are looking at more ways to add value to the player and parent experience. Thank you and well done to all players that have attended. Our next April trials are selling fast with 4 trials already half full so best to book quickly so not to miss out!
February Trials Start Today!
The UK Football Trials team are ready for an amazing week of trials starting today! 410 players, from 21 countries, in 4 cities over 5 days will see the team cover 1,200 miles with a view to scouting as many players as possible for pro and semi pro club opportunities. There will be daily updates live on our website and social media channels so make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube for all the latest from the week! All trials have sold out, some 3 weeks early, so if you want to join us in April, it is best to book as soon as possible to secure your place and get the cheapest possible price. We wish all players the best of luck and can't wait to start!
UK Football Trials Supporting Community Project
UK Football Trials Director Harry Price visited a fantastic Midlands based community centre, donating 25 footballs. The SYDNI Centre is a vibrant community space in the heart of the Sydenham area of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. As well as providing meeting spaces for local organisations, they also run a busy youth club and offer support to all kinds of disadvantaged groups. Lead Youth Worker and author of an inspiring book "Creative Uprising" - George Hardwick had this to say as he received the footballs on behalf of the centre: "We're thrilled by such a kind gift. The footballs will be put to immediate use in our senior youth session tonight. Hopefully this donation is the start of a brilliant long term relationship with UK Football Trials and I'm really excited that plans are already in place for later in the spring, when we'll be running a whole day of football related activities together. It is fantastic that the young people of our community will be able to learn from such experienced and professional coaches in the UKFT team." Harry Price from UK Football Trials: "This is a fantastic facility, with amazing staff who do so much to help the local community and it is our privilege to play a small part to support it. We are committed to helping this centre for the long term and hope to do the same in many more areas around the UK this year." To learn more about the centre copy this link: http://www.sydni.org/
UEFA A Licence Coach and current Pro club Head of Academy Coaching - Mel Jeffries joins the team!
Mel Jeffries an outstanding UEFA A Licence, well respected coach, has joined the UK Football Trials Team. With over 20 years of coaching experience, Mel Jeffries has starting out in grass roots football coaching all age groups in all environments. His first appointment working with elite players was at Cambridge United in their Centre of Excellence, then Southend United and Peterborough United, before being appointed full time Youth Team Coach at Colchester United in 2007. After leaving Colchester in 2009 Mel joined Leyton Orient as assistant Centre of Excellence Manager before joining Millwall FC as Head of Academy Coaching in July 2012.
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UK Football Trials for Greece and Cyprus launches with TV Press Conference
UK Football trials new operations overseas has been featured on TV during a press conference. Technical Director of UK Football Trials Hellas-Cyprus, Lambros Lionas and his staff have completed 6 weeks of planning and touring around Greece and Cyprus. The coaches and scouts have selected 17 players from 10-17 years old, to participate at the Manchester Football Trial which will take place on February 18th. The players now have an intensive coaching program for their preparation with UEFA qualified coaches, a nutritionist and a child-psychologist. It's an exciting time for the players and UK Football Trials already has plans for further overseas operations in 2014.
UK Football Trials expands operations into Cyprus and Greece
UK Football Trials has got operations running in Cyprus and Greece! UEFA Coach Lambros Lionas has just left his role as "Technical Director of Ajax FC Hellas Youth Academy" having also spent 4 years at Olympiacos Academy and a year with Arsenal Soccer Schools. Harry Price of UKFT said "We're delighted, it's an exciting opportunity as Lambros has an excellent technical coaching background. By offering our trials locally, the parents In Cyprus and Greece will have an affordable option to gain an honest assessment and know whether is it worth the investment of sending their sons to our trials in the UK." Lambros and his team will be scouting locally for pro club teams in Greece and Cyprus and offer players with a genuine chance of playing in the UK the opportunity to travel with his team to take part in the UKFT trials in Manchester. In June UK Football Trials will be sending a UK Coaching and Scout team on a 6 day trip to Thessaloniki, Athens and Cyprus to assess players too! We welcome Lambros into the UK Football Trials Team and we are now looking for further expansion of operations throughout Europe.
Great news for players wanting to improve strength, conditioning and fitness!
Every day, players from around the world contact our team to ask for advice about how to improve their nutrition, strength, conditioning, fitness and speed. UK Football Trials went on a mission to find a person who could offer tried and tested systems that will definitely work. We are delighted that we have been granted permission from a top USA based trainer - Neila Rey to share with all the UK Football Trial Players her methods of improving all of these key areas. The great news is that all of Neila's workouts require NO EQUIPMENT and can be done at home. Neila who has 334,000 followers on Google Plus alone, offers all her information for FREE and has devised a huge number of excellent 30 day and 90 day challenges that we recommend players use for their football to help them improve. CLICK READ MORE!
Premier League Academy coach and Senior Scout John Fenton Returns to the UK Football Trials Team!
2014 has really started with a series of great news for our Trial players! A Premier League Academy coach and Senior Scout will be coaching our players on February 18th at our Manchester Trial! John Fenton is an outstanding UEFA qualified coach with a great track record who has worked with us before over the last 2 years and has committed to 2014 with us! He worked at Liverpool FC and Everton FC as an Academy Coach & Senior Scout, but this year has just taken on another incredible opportunity working at another top Premier League Club. John runs his own coaching company in the North West and helps to develop players of all ages in groups and on 1 to 1 training that has seen many progress onto the professional game. It is a great opportunity for players at our MANCHESTER TRIAL on February 18th to be coached by and potentially scouted by someone of John's calibre!
UEFA Pro Licence Coach and former Welsh International Player Terry Boyle joins the team!
Great news for all our players as UK Football Trials can confirm that Terry Boyle has officially joined our coaching team! Terry who holds the highest coaching qualification in football – UEFA Pro Licence is going to be coaching at the SWANSEA Trial on February 16th, providing the trial players with an incredible opportunity to get scouted and learn from a superb coach. Terry was a strong tackling centre back who made over 400 pro appearances and 2 as a full Welsh International. He began his career at Tottenham Hotspur before joining teams such as Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Swansea City, Bristol City & Newport County. Having played under managers including Terry Venables and Roy Hodgson, Terry has a wealth of expert football knowledge. We welcome Terry into the team and players coming to the Swansea Football Trial on February 16th will have the amazing opportunity to learn from a top level coach
UK Football Trials news for Coach Kevin Kent
An exciting update for UK Football Trials as "UEFA A" and "UEFA A Academy Manager" Licence coach Kevin Kent as he commits to UK Football Trials for 2014. His career started in the Premier League at West Brom as a top 4 team going on to play for Port Vale - famously hitting the cross bar against Man U at old Trafford from 30 yards when being marked by Nikki Butt. His coaching career includes academy teams at Stoke, Port Vale and Lead Coach of Manchester United Soccer School international programs. His last appointment was as Technical Director of Coaching for the Indonesian National Team. UK Football Trials and Kevin Kent are also working on a very exciting new coaching company to be launched in Easter this year that we believe will revolutionise the way players of all ages are coached in the UK. Kevin is a great person, very well known, respected and connected in football - offering a great opportunity for all our players.
New partnership with video scouting Company - All About Ballerz!
Great news today as UK Football Trials forms it's second major partnership of 2014 with a superb online scouting system - All About Ballerz. Run by professional player Guy Branston, the website enables players to upload videos of themselves for a minimal fee, and have Guy give his expert opinion about the quality of each player which can then be passed on to scouts at all levels. CLICK READ MORE
Official partnership with USA Soccer Scholarship Company - Brit Soccer Recruit
Great news to start the new year! Many parents and players in 2013 contacted us for advice and help regarding US Soccer Scholarships for US Colleges - our equivalent to University. UK Football Trials has been searching for the best partner to assist our players and after discussions with many, have decided to partner with the best in the business - Brit Soccer Recruit. Director Sam Reed who has played in a US College, and then secured backing from a former BBC Dragon' Den investor James Caan had this to say about the partnership: Click READ MORE
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Our commitment and plans for you in 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope that 2013 was a great year for you and that 2014 will be even better! At UK Football Trials we have been busy planning some big changes, improvements and ways to serve all our 27,000 player & parent following, from 203 countries, in more ways. Whilst we made big strides and placed more players into clubs than any other company in the world over the last 2 years, we want to do MORE for YOU! So, we are adding new improvements to our trials and new parts to the company that we know you will love and find useful! CLICK READ MORE TO SEE HOW!
WIN FIFA 13! We have 3 copies to give away!
As a Christmas thanks to all our community we want to give something back! So how do you win? Pretty simple really - book a trial before Midnight December 31st and automatically you're placed into a draw to win a copy! Winners are announced on January 1st! Good Luck, Merry Christmas and Get Sharing the news FAST! Remember all but 1 trial SOLD OUT in 2013 so be quick. If you really want to be a pro - remember what commitment is: "Doing the thing you said you would do, long after the mood you set it in has left you." Set yourself up to win, keep motivated, stay committed to the goal and make 2014 YOUR YEAR.
SUCCESS! 10 Year old Philip Walter has trial with Premier League Side Stoke City
Many congratulations to Philip Walter who attended our open football trials in Birmingham in August and October. 10 year old Phil is a right footed centre midfield / right wing with an excellent football brain who impressed UK Football Trials UEFA A Coach Darran Jones and the Stoke City scout there on the day. Phil worked hard throughout the 2 hour trial and showed excellent speed, agility and the confidence to face slightly older players without being intimidated. CLICK READ MORE
Need an Idea!? Give the Gift of UK Football Trials This Christmas!
It's that time of year when the last pay packet arrives at the end of November and the shops cover the high streets with Christmas gifts! Are you looking for an idea to give or to receive? If so - UK Football Trials would like to offer you the chance to give the gift of a football trial with us in February 2014 as a perfect present. CLICK READ MORE
UK Football Trials attends 2 days with International School Partner Edukick Manchester
UK Football Trials spent two days in the company of our International Schools partner Edukick Manchester. It gave us the chance to learn in great detail more about their outstanding football and education programmes that run year round, from 2 weeks to a full academic year. Time was spent in the classroom with the players seeing football theory and tactical analysis classes, as well as on the training field at their excellent local facility. We really recommend this programme to any overseas player wanting to secure good academic study levels from BTech to GCSE to K12 as well as improving their football skills with top quality training, pro club guest coaches and training sessions and pro club site visits. CLICK READ MORE
October 2013 Open Football Trials in Manchester, Birmingham and London Completed!
Last week, the UK Football Trials team of coaches, scouts and agents hit the road and travelled more than 1,200 miles, to run 6 trials for 274 players, over 5 days, in 3 cities and with players from 21 countries! It was a fantastic week of open football trials, where players endured some challenging weather and without fail showed outstanding energy, enthusiasm and great attitudes. CLICK READ MORE
Success! 13 year old Liam Milner has trial with Premier League club Cardiff City FC Academy
Excellent news for left footed winger / forward player Liam Milner from Cork in Ireland, as he completes a trial with the Premier League Club Cardiff City FC Academy. Liam who is a strong physical player at 13 years old with great pace, a strong shot, good crossing ability and a accurate passing exceled during the trial in London and Swansea in August. Liam who is well support by his father Kevin, completed his trial and reports from the club are that he has been invited back in the New Year for an extended trial period! Spotted by UK Football Trials Coach Darran Jones and a Cardiff Scout, Liam is a great prospect with an excellent work ethic. CLICK READ MORE
Success! 14 year old Kurtis rees has trial with Premier League club Cardiff City FC Academy
Congratulations Kurtis! Great news for UK Football Trials player Kurtis Rees as he secures a premiership club trial following a great performance in our Swansea trial in August. 14 year old Kurtis caught the eye of the UK Football Trials Pro Licence head coach and the Cardiff City Scout in attendance due to his immediate communication skills, close control and first touch. During the sessions he encouraged and motivated others in his group, showed he was a thinking footballer - finding space in tight areas and showing the technical ability to keep his head up on the ball showcasing superior vision and awareness. CLICK READ MORE
SUCCESS! Adam Aziz aged 12 secures pro club trials with Charlton Athletic, Stoke City and Reading FC!
Congratulations to 12 year old Adam Aziz - an exciting young player who caught the attention of the UK Football Trials coaches and Charlton Athletic scout during our South London Trial. Adam plays with both feet so is happy to play in numerous positions within his teams as a Left or Right winger, Centre midfielder and Striker! Due to his versatility - he can play a number of roles in one game which makes him a useful addition to any team. Currently Adam plays for Saturday and Sunday teams, for his School, Croydon District football, and Surrey Futsal. CLICK READ MORE
SUCCESS! 14 year old Chike Ofulue has pro club trial training with Brentford Development Centre!
The good news keeps coming as yet another UK Football Trials player is accepted into a pro club for training at Brentfood FC Development Centre. Chike Ofulue aged 14 attended the west London open football trial and was selected as a standout player by Head of Player Placement Tony Awor. Chike is an exiting young player - rapid pace, he runs at defenders and takes them on the outside and inside with natural ability. His attacking ability is hard to coach at his age as the focus is usually on passing - yet Chike made the right decisions at the right time about when to attack down the wing or play the simple pass. CLICK READ MORE
SUCCESS! Grant Birke Aged 11 Secures trial with Brentford FC & Charlton Athletic!
Great news for exciting 11 year old player Grant Birke who attended our open football trial in May - North East London and secured himself a trial with Charlton Athletic. Playing in the junior group with UK Football Trials coach Darran Jones, he made an immediate impact with his communication, quick feet and movement. Charlton Athletic Scout present on the day requested Grants details and has now been given his opportunity! CLICK READ MORE
SUCCESS! Alex Saliba has pro club trial with Colcehster Utd
UK Football Trials are delighted that Alex Saliba aged 17 from Belgium has been for a trial with Colchester Utd this month. Alex who impressed at the trials he attended in Manchester, Birmingham and London was selected by coach Andy Davies and Ian Whyte who both saw potential in the player. Alex who plays in National Level Division 2 in Belgium has two great feet, technically sound and showed excellent vision and awareness. In the tight space drills he found time on the ball and throughout the trial showed he had a superb attitude. CLICK MORE to learn more about Alex
UK Football Trials USA - Trip completed
UK Football Trials have been in the USA for the past two weeks following a busy season and summer schedule of trials where 380 players in August attended trials over 5 days! With ever increasing demand and interest from the thousands of players registered in the USA, UK Football Trials visited California and spoke with some key figures in the soccer media industry out there to understand the current systems and see how UK Football Trials can assist the players and clubs.
SUCCESS! Goal Keeper Conah McFenton secures trial with Premier League club Cardiff City FC Academy
Great news for UK Football Trials player Conah as he has been selected from our recent Goal Keeper trial in Swansea to go forward for a trial with Premier League Club Cardiff City FC Academy. Conah who secured a cap for Wales Youth National team in the past has been on trial with other pro clubs and now has chance to shine during a trial with the newly promoted team. At the trial Conah first and foremost had an excellent personality, character and attitude, showing sound technical skill in all areas of the trial. Great feet and distribution skills matched with safe hands and shot stopping caught the eye of the UK Football Trials coach who has now arranged for the trial. Congratulations to Conah on his selection!
SUCCESS! Goal Keeper Christopher Haigh Signs Contract with Pro Club Gillingham and Gets International Call up!
One of our best success stories that includes a contract and an international call up! UK Football trials are delighted that goal keeper trial player Christopher Haigh has signed a contract with pro club Gillingham FC. Christopher was scouted by UK Football Trials head of player placement Tony Awor in our April & May trials in Birmingham, Leeds and London after showing some great talent, a good attitude and work ethic. Tony organised for Christopher to travel with Pro Club Wigan for a 2 week trial on tour in Denmark this summer which was a great experience. Since returning earlier in the month the talented player has now signed for the League 1 club when offered the opportunity! Christopher also qualifies to play for Norway and has been selected to represent the NATIONAL TEAM in September which is an incredible achievement! Many congratulations to Christopher and we wish him every success this season - we will keep you posted on his progress.
Goal Keeper trial in London Completed!
The week finished with a superb goal keeper trial in London. Despite the pouring rain, coach Charlie Roberts - (from a Premier League team) gave the players a huge range of assessments to cover their all round game in the most effective way possible. Using a vast area the players were extensively tested on their ability to use their feet - crucial to the modern game GK. Players then had shot stopping, movement, decision making scenarios with all round distribution to finish. From the trial of ten players, one has gone on to sign a semi pro club contract after making an excellent impression. Players certainly picked up some useful technical and tactical help from Charlie who loved taking the session! Well done to all the players at the goal keeper trial in London.
Football Trial in West London completed!
Another sell out open football trial in West London at a Championship Clubs training ground saw players fly in again from all over the world to Heathrow Airport and make their way to the nearby location on August 14th! Over the 2 outfield trial sessions in the morning and afternoon, players coped extremely well in the heat initially and gave a great performance under the watchful eye of our coaches. All players showcased their ability over the 3 hours, with some exceptional talent in the Junior group and superb times recorded by the seniors in the speed and agility testing. Well done to all the players who attended the open football trial in west London!
Goal Keeper Trial in Birmingham Completed!
The Goal Keeper trial was the second that UK Football Trials has run in Birmingham was a great success with 12 players coached by a current Premier League teams Academy goal keeper coach who deals with elite youth goal keepers. The players had 2 hours of technical assessment looking at their ability with their feet, distribution from hand and feet, shot stopping, decision making, crosses and technical ability. A former Spanish Youth La Liga player attended with the hope of finding a club as he looks to move to the UK who certainly showed some outstanding techniques to the trial players who learnt from his display. It was an enjoyable trial and the character of the players was first class. Well done to all the player at the goal keeper trial in Birmingham!
Open Football Trial In Birmingham Completed!
It was a great day at the open football trial in Birmingham on August 13th at Sutton Coldfield FC's ground complete with grand stand and brand new full size 3G pitch. Players came from as far as the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa to attend the day and put on an excellent display. The junior group coached by Darran Jones showed talent beyond their years and over the 2 hours really impressed. The seniors played at a fast tempo, with great physicality with one player in particular showing that he has what it takes aged 17 to make it at a pro club trial - already going to a pro club in early September organised by coach Andy Davies. Well done to all Birmingham trial players.
UK Football Trials First Goal Keeper Trial in Manchester Completed!
UK Football Trials completed the first trial for Goal Keepers only that has been run in Manchester. Run by a current Premier League Academy goal keeping coach who has worked with some of the industries best known goal keeping coaches, the players were put through a 2 hour physical assessment. All players were tested on and then coached some of the latest techniques used by top players in the premier league and have been given excellent information to help them improve their ability - written and designed by the coach. Well done to every player at the goal keeper trial in Manchester - your enthusiasm and energy was fantastic!
Manchester Open Football Trial Completed!
UK Football Trials held their first open football trial event in Manchester on August 12th at Stockport Sports Village, with 112 players attending in 3 trials from all over the world. The morning and afternoon sessions for the outfield football trials had some moments of magic, with every player giving their all for the duration. A very talented junior group was coached by Kevin Kent (Ex International Team Director of Football) who selected a number of players to go forward to a pro club trial in their area. The senior groups over the day had players from 18 countries and the players showed some great passages of play in the 3 hour trial with 90 minutes of sessions and an hour of 11 vs 11 matches. Players have been added to the Elite Squad and the coaches thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done to all the football trial players in Manchester!
August Football Trials in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Swansea all ready to go!
The UK Football Trials team are all set for an excellent few days of open football trials in some the UK's major Cities. Players are attending from all over the world to be watched by UK Football Trials top coaches, all eager to see if we can place players into pro or semi pro clubs soon! With goal keeper trials in all of the locations too being run by current Premier League level coaches, we hope to add to our list of selected players already placed and soon to be placed this year. We still have a few spaces left on our MANCHSTER TRIAL if any players want a last minute booking! IAN WHYTE is head coach for this set with Andy Davies, Kevin Kent and Darran Jones also coaching to create an outstanding UEFA A Licence team. We wish all the players the best of luck - most important of all - ENJOY THE DAY.
UK Football Trials New Goal Keeper Trial Coach - Charlie Roberts
UK Football Trials are excited to add a new member to the open football trials goal keeping coaching team! Charlie Roberts will be running our goal keeper trial in London and Birmingham this August and brings a fantastic amount of diverse experience to the players being assessed on August 14th! Charlie Roberts is UEFA qualified coach, who works at EPL team Norwich City at their Centre of Excellence and operates as a scout for the Academy team. As a player his experience began in the USA with a College education and playing career, turning pro for the FC New York team. He then went on to coach in numerous US Colleges, gaining is USSF advanced national diploma and then his FA & USSF GK Coach qualifications. Charlie is looking forward to the goal keeper trial in London at QPR's Training Ground and will be putting the small group of players through their paces with an exciting trial format planned. We welcome Charlie into the UK Football Trials Coaching team!
UK Football Trials Launches UKFT Elite from August 2013
UK Football Trials are delighted that from August 2013 onwards, all our open football trials throughout the UK, will give players the chance to not only go forward to pro club trials and semi pro club trials, but also go into the UK Football Trials Elite squad. Designed for players who the UEFA Coaches, scouts and UK Football Trials Head of Player Placement believe are not quite at pro or semi pro club trial level YET, but could well be later in the season. We will be organising Elite trials later in the season that will involve showcase matches and be a second chance for players that were close to being selected. We hope that this will encourage players to work hard during the season on areas of their game that need fine tuning, improve and then perform to secure the opportunity in a pro club trial or semi pro club trial anywhere within the UK. Director of Operations for UK Football Trials says "We had numerous discussions with football industry experts to find ways to make the UK football trials experience better and provide more players with more opportunities. The Elite idea was recommended by our UEFA coaches, scout contacts and agents. It is an exciting step forward for open football trial players as last season there were players who were close to being selected - we want to give these players another chance." Players from our August Trials will be able to get selected for the Elite Squads.
UK Football Trial opportunity for international players launches today!
Fantastic news for our International players aged 14+ as UK Football Trials teams up with the one of the worlds leading International Schools for football & education programmes. The moves comes following huge demand from international players looking for football trials in the UK with us and our commitment to try and assist as many footballers as we can experience football in the UK. Inlingua Manchester share the same values, ethics and working methods as UK Football Trials which has lead to the exciting partnership. Courses are from 2 weeks to 1 year and include solutions to common issues such as visas, food & accommodation, plus a safe environment for players. All courses offer top level coaching, football education or English language - all accredited by the British Council. Courses start in August and interested players need to complete the full enquiry form on the "NON UK PLAYERS" tab as soon as possible!
All Football Trial Players Now Contacted for Birmingham trials, Manchester trials and London Trials
UK Football Trials have sent out individual emails to every player that attended our flast week. This included the Manchester Trials, Birmingham Trials and London Trials. All selected players have also been spoken to on the phone - congratulations to them. It is important to read all the documents carefully - they are written by experts in the their field and designed to help you. We would like to reiterate the fact that the decisions were based on what we saw, in our opinion, at this moment in time - NOT "you will never make it as a professional footballer." We hope the advice and information inspires you all to be honest about where you are currently at and what you now need to do this summer to ensure you are in top physical and technical condition for the next season. Thank you, best of luck, you are welcome to attend our next football trials in Manchester, Birmingham or London in August if you feel that would be beneficial for you. Have a great summer and we are here to help you. We appreciate the huge amount of positive feedback from parents and players about our new format.
NEW Football TRIAL IN WALES! TRIAL IN SWANSEA THIS AUGUST ON A MISSION TO SCOUT THE BEST TALENT IN WALES AND WEST ENGLAND!
UK Football Trials are pleased to announce a football trial in Wales, taking place at one of the best facilities in the country, used by a Premier League Team. Following demand for football trials in Wales and the South West of England we decided to launch the new location. Local coach Darran Jones knows there is a huge amount of talented players, so UK Football Trials have decided to scout there for a full day, for players in all positions and of all ages too! The coaches and scouts will be of the highest quality, with Darran Jones (2012 Nike Chance Global world finals Head Coach) and UKFT Head Coach Ian Whyte. Spaces are limited and so book early for the cheapest price and to secure your space now! We all look forward to seeing the talented players and scouting the best football players in Wales and West England and helping as many players as we can find clubs UK wide for the 2013-2014 season!
SELECTED PLAYERS HAVE BEEN Scouted and CHOSEN - All players will be contacted on Friday this week
Following the coaches scouting at the trials, meeting and consulting with our Head of Player Placement Tony Awor, we have made our selections for players that we will be putting into pro and semi pro club trials for pre season training, along with some further players from our April trials. All players who attended our football trials in Manchester, Birmingham, and London will be contacted on FRIDAY JUNE 7th. Once again - we want to congratulate every player on giving their best performances, showing great attitudes and appreciate the parents taking the time to bring the players to our event. It was fantastic to have seen international players from 18 countries too. Remember - the decision is based on 3 things: What we saw, in our opinion, at this moment in time, not "You are never going to be a professional footballer." You have a whole summer to work hard before pre season and our next football trials in Manchester, Birmingham and London in August are on the website if you would like to have another trial with us. Many thanks for all the positive feedback - we are pleased our new system is much improved and preferred.
Day 5 - Football Trial in North London. Sun shines on the players who likewise shine to conclude a fantastic week!
Finally the English summer arrived and international players from a further 8 countries enjoyed the coaching sessions and matches at our football trial in North London. The junior group had some excellent local talent worthy of a premier league trial and the senior goal keeper had physical dominance in the match whilst impressing in the outfield session time. Great enthusiasm again, players working incredibly hard and one of the strongest trial groups we've ever had. It was a great way to conclude a sell out week. The coaches and football club scouts at the trials have been amazed by the natural talent on display and encouraged by the attitudes, application and listening qualities of the players. All 250 players have done well this week.
Day 4 - Football Trial in South London players show strong competitive spirit from the start
On the outstanding full size 3G pitch facility, UK and international players and parents again battled the elements during a very competitive football trial in South London. A strong selection of French players arrived on the day with ex pro and semi pro players in the older group. The youngsters played well under the assessment conditions and showed excellent enthusiasm in the match. The seniors in the 11 vs 11 put together play worthy of a "match of the day" highlights segment! Some stand out quick and agile players dominated and got scouted throughout in the sessions and matches. Well done everyone!
Day 3 - Great start to the football trials in London at pro club training ground
Football players from 12 different countries attended the sell out trial in west London at QPR's training ground near Heathrow airport during a cold and wet day. The junior group assessed by Darran Jones were extremely confident and vocal from the start with some great characters who impressed on the day. Ian Whyte and Andy Davies coached and scouted the Seniors, some released from Pro and semi pro clubs looking for a return route into the game. The mixture of styles from different continents made for an exciting London football trial and great passages of play. Well done all players!
Day 2 - Excellent football trial in Birmingham - well done all players!
Superb performances during a day of torrential heavy rain at the West Midlands football trial day. Despite very testing conditions, the coaches and scouts report that the groups dramatically improved as the trial went on and during the matches. Once again - excellent attitudes shown in all groups, some stand out individual performances too. Thank you to the parents who braved the cold and wet today and to our two international football trial players who came from the USA - we appreciate your commitment.
DAY 1 - Superb start to the May football Trials in Manchester!
May trials kicked off on Monday with a superb sell out football trial in Stockport, Manchester! Players enjoyed a sunny start to the day under the expert coaching team of Ian Whyte, Kevin Kent, Lee Duxbury and Head of Player Placement Tony Awor. Coaches and scouts report from the day says that the groups showed superb enthusiasm, energy and attitude - all crucial in our coaches eyes to play at the highest level. We want to congratulate each and every player on their performances - you were a pleasure to work with. Thank you to all the parents who attended also and the 8 international football players and parents who made the journey to the trial in the North West of England from overseas. We hope you all enjoyed the day.
Andy Davies- Confirmed as UK Football Trials coach for all London football Trials This May!
UK Football Trials are delighted that Andy Davies returns to the team this May following a season as an Assistant Manager of a Semi Pro Team. Andy is a superb UEFA A Qualified Coach – invited to undertake his Pro Licence with 23 coaching qualifications, and 15 years pro level coaching and scout experience having worked with Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth, Millwall, Peterborough, Cambridge and more! He is well respected in football as having an outstanding scouting talent at all age groups, having scouted many players last year for UKFT, placing players into many clubs. He has also enabled trials for international football players in London and so all players have a great opportunity with Andy in the coaching team.
Ian Whyte confirmed as head coach for all MAY football Trials - 25 years pro club experience!
UKFT are excited to announce Head Coach Ian Whyte for all the forthcoming football trials in Manchester, Birmingham and London this May. Ian was a former professional player with 450 appearances (clubs included Norwich and Scunthorpe) who after retiring as a player has had a series of high profile coaching and scouting roles alongside the likes of the legendary Paul Hart at Nottingham Forrest & Portsmouth, with roles also at Sheffield United, Derby County and Wolves to name a few. He finished his career in Cleveland Ohio. With his 25 years in the Pro game, Ian has worked with and developed some fantastic professional and international players in the highest leagues in England. A few include: Jermaine Jenas (QPR & England), Michael Dawson (Spurs Captain & England), Elliott Bennett (Norwich City), Mark Wilson (Manchester United & Middlesborough), Sam Magri (QPR & England U17), Diego De Girolamo (Sheffield United & Italy U18), Adam Webster (Portsmouth and England U18). His involvement guarantees players an incredible pro coaching experience. Even better news for UKFT players is that Ian has a massive football network meaning extra opportunities for players at the right standard. Ian is looking forward to working with the UK and international players at the upcoming events.
SUCCESS! Luca Gabriele secures trial with Premiership club Norwich City FC
Fantastic news for UK Football Trials Player Luca Gabriele aged 13 from Wimbledon, London who has secured a trial with Premier League team Norwich City FC! Luca is a superb central attacking midfield player who came to our South London trials in April and immediately impressed a premier league scout and our head of player placement Tony Awor. As a result, Tony has opened the door for the promising player who is Italian with a British Passport as he was born in England -he's a real play maker and rightly has the nickname of "Pirlo" among his team mates! Luca has his final session with the club today and we await feedback on his selection for possible pre season training too! Many congratulations to Luca and we will keep you all posted on developments!
GOAL KEEPER TRIAL DATE ADDED FOR AUGUST IN MANCHESTER!
UK Football Trials have received high demand from Goal Keepers worldwide and as a result have put together a superb two hour trial specifically for Goal Keepers to be assessed. The same opportunity applies for players to be put forward to a pro or semi pro clubs UK wide. Following our first ever GK trial which sold out in April, UKFT have put forward two players to clubs from this trial and have been working hard to make improvements for August! Be QUICK THOUGH - Limited to 26 players and the first 10 spaces are discounted at 40 pounds! This is a superb opportunity for any goal keeper aged 10-30.
NEW COACH! Darran Jones Joins the UKFT TEam
UK Football Trials are delighted to confirm that UEFA A Licence coach Darran Jones has joined the team for the forthcoming BIRMINGHAM and LONDON Trials this May! Darran who is a highly regarded coach, brings 20 years of coaching experience including 5 years at a Premier League Academy, 2012 Head Coach of Nike Chance World Finals. He has coached at all levels, from grassroots to international select teams, specialising in player development, with roles ranging from skills coach, to academy director and more recently passing his skills on to the future coaches, with a role as coach educator for FAW. This provides all players attending these events with a chance to impress a coach with global contacts and a wealth of experience. We welcome Darran to the team and he will bring a huge amount to our trial set this MAY! Copy this link to see Darran in action as Head Coach at the Nike Chance World Finals here: http://www.footytube.com/video/follow-widget-link-126790?playlist=widget_selection
UKFT New Strength & Conditioning Expert Joins the Team - Matt Jones
Following requests via email and on the trial days from players looking to improve their strength and conditioning, UK Football Trials have teamed up with a highly respected expert - Matt Jones - Lead Performance Nutritionist at PurePharma, who also runs his own business, Nutrition Condition: http://www.nutritioncondition.co.uk/ . All players aged 15+ ATTENDING OUR TRIALS THIS MAY will get the strength and conditioning document FOR FREE! Matt Jones told UKFT ""Elite football performance is characterised by the ability to sustain high work intensities throughout a match; aerobic fitness, a high anaerobic capacity, muscular strength, power, speed, and agility are just a few of the physical attributes required of elite level football players. Few players devote any amount of time to the development of any of the attributes. In reality - strength and conditioning should equate to around half of the football training that each player undertakes. Modern day professional football requires excellence in each physical and technical attribute, and failing to develop the physical side of your game can significantly impair your chances of making the cut." CLICK READ MORE to get a taster of what Matt covers in his document and FOLLOW MATT ON TWITTER @mattncuk where he can answer your questions!
SUCCESS! UKFT Secure pro club trial at Port Vale for 11 year old Oliver Service
Another UK Football Trials success story from our April events as talented player Oliver Service has a trial and is continuing to train with Pro Club Port Vale FC. Spotted at our Manchester trial by UKFT's Head of Player Placement Tony Awor and UEFA coach Kevin Kent. The 11 year old was a stand out player in the youngest group and has also done well at the pro club since his first trial session. Oliver's Dad Paul gave his view: "Oliver is now trialling at Port Vale FC with the help of UKFT after attending the Manchester trials. Having never been previously scouted Oliver thought maybe it was never going to happen but UKFT have made his dream come true. As a parent seeing the UKFT trial day so well organised and professionally run I knew my son was good hands." We congratulate Oliver with his success and will keep you posted on his progress!
SUCCESS! Inigo Echepare Aged 21 secures pro & semi pro club trials with pre season training offer!
Great news for UK Football Trials Goal Keeper - Inigo Echepare as he secures pro club trials over the last two months with Barnet, Wycombe and Semi Pro Club St. Neots Town FC! Inigo has made his way to the UK from Spain, has a great character and good attitude who attended UKFT's Goal Keeper trial. Having played in Spain for club Real Union Irun (League 1) and Reading and Liverpool academy spells at 15 years old, he is looking for a UK based club which aged 21 is always a challenge - but his work ethic is excellent as he trains every day to make his goal a reality. He has been training with the clubs and most recently had a good performance during a trial game for the Semi Pro Club St Neots FC in the Evo Stick Premier South Division. Inigo has now been offered pre season training with the club after feedback from the Manager was as follows: "We thought he was technically sound, with good shape and size and he did well in the trial game. We are looking forward to coaching him during pre season. We thank UK Football Trials and look forward to having more players from you." We congratulate Inigo and will keep you posted on his progress!
SUCCESS! Robert Black Has trial with Pro Club Birmingham City & Chesterfield
UK Football Trials are delight to reveal that April trial player Robert Black has had a successful trial with Birmingham City and is set for a return for further assessment, as well as trials at Chesterfield. Spotted by UK Football Trials Head of Player Placement Tony Awor and the Birmingham City Scout on the day, Rob was selected for his ability off both feet, superb vision and ability to run at players from Midfield and beat players, combined with being a playmaker and releasing superbly timed passes. Rob has played at Academy level all his football life so is no stranger to trials and competition. His best position is Left and centre midfield where he can enjoy the ball at his feet and contribute to the team that plays this way. We asked Roberts Dad for a short testimonial: "UK Football Trials are a professionally run organisation with friendly staff , who CAN deliver the opportunities to all kids alike, unlimited advice awaits on site and they are always happy to guide. It does exactly what it says on the box and UK Football Trials gives your son a chance to be seen by Football scouts across Britain and to progress towards his dreams." CLICK READ MORE to learn more from Roberts Dad, including his performances on trial at Birmingham at the UKFT Trial. We congratulate Rob and if any further club would like to see Robert for a trial please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Championship Club Scout Dave Fairbrother, with 40 years experience gives his independent view on UK Football Trials
UK Football Trials are delighted to hear from an extremely well known, experienced and respected scout within the professional game after he attended our Birmingham Trial in April. Dave Fairbrother has kindly sent us his thoughts on UK Football Trials
"I would highly recommend UK FOOTBALL TRIALS to any player wishing to progress in the game.
The staff/coaches at UK Football Trials are very highly qualified with a vast experience in the pro game. It is a great chance for me and other scouts to see a range of different age groups at one time and in one place and the staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable.
As an ex player, manager and now a scout for 40 years I am a great believer that players develop at different stages both in ability...and physically...and just need the chance to show their talent in front of scouts. UK FOOTBALL TRIALS give them that opportunity”
SUCCESS! Jack Allen on trial with Premier League Side Norwich City FC
After a superb performance in the younger age group at the football trial with UKFT in April, Jack Allen was selected by Head of Player Placement Tony Awor and put straight in for a 6 week trial with the Premier League Club. Jack showed excellent technical ability, was confident off both feet and did the basics consistently, accurately and at a high tempo. Jacks father Michael describes his experience so far with Norwich “Jack was nervous going to his first Norwich training session. The coaching staff upon arrival were very professional and Jack enjoyed the session from the warm up to the end. The players were all a good standard, passing quickly and chasing the ball if they lost it. Jack knows he has to listen and learn from every training session. He realises that the standard of football is a lot higher here.” We asked how Jack found the UKFT trial too: “Jack was quite reserved going to the trial at UKFT not knowing what to expect. Upon arrival the staff made him and the other players feel relaxed. He enjoyed the session even though he felt slightly under pressure to perform with other players that he did not know. Jack came away happy from the trail with his own performance and thought it was a good experience regardless of the outcome.” We congratulate Jack and will keep you posted on his progress!
SUCCESS! Keagan Bailie secures trial with top South African Pro Club Orlando Pirates!
Fantastic news for Keagan – a 16 year old midfield player from South Africa. Keagan and his family came to UKFT in west London, during a freezing day in early April! Having travelled from Eastern Gauteng district in South Africa, following a trial with a top championship pro club, he made an immediate impact looking relaxed, calm and composed on the ball throughout the sessions with Head Coach Ian Whyte. UKFT Head of Player Placement Tony Awor selected Keagan as a player and used his contacts there to secure him training with one of the top teams in South Africa based in Johannesburg who have been the Premier Soccer League Champions for the last 2 seasons. Keagan has a similar style to Paul Scholes, holds an Irish passport, is keen to play in the UK and will return soon for further trials. He has represented Benoni Northerns FC in Spain and represented South Africa in Brazil at Soa Paulo Academy for Dettol Shona Khona – he was one of the twelve players selected from 7000 players country wide. If any UK based clubs would like further details on Keagan, CONTACT email@example.com . Keagan is ready to relocate internationally to pursue his football.
SUCCESS! QUINN BREDIN PRO CLUB TRIAL WITH PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE STOKE CITY AND CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM BIRMINGHAM CITY FC
Fantastic news from the April trials, as Quinn Bredin from
Canada has been for a trial with Premier League side Stoke City & Championship Pro Club Birmingham City
FC. Quinn has been at "Edukick Manchester International School" attended after the school's Director Mick Brennan saw talent in him. Quinn did extremely well at the UKFT trial and was
selected by the Birmingham City Scouts and UKFT Head of Player placement
Tony Awor. Quinn is a powerful player and showed strong tackling, good vision and awareness coupled to
excellent distribution from a defensive midfield position during the match.
At the Birmingham City trial he played against a London Academy team. He scored the first goal
of the match and held his own against released players from other pro clubs receiving very positive feedback. We are continuing to work with Quinn and Mick Brennan
who said "We thought UK Football Trials seemed the best way for us to
see if some of our players had progressed to pro level after attending
our sports and education course. Quinn did very well and we are
delighted he was scouted at the event for a pro club trial. It's been a
valuable experience for all our players and an extra bonus for Quinn.
We are extremely impressed with the UKFT process and recommend it to all
players - it is extremely effective." We will keep you posted on Quinns
development and if any club would like details please email us on
Amazing Elland Road Stadium Trial
UK Football Trials are delighted to announce their first stadium trial, giving players the chance to not only get selected to be put forward for a pro club trial but also play at Elland Road - the famous Leeds United stadium! Click on our TRIAL DATES page to book now before the limited spaces go! Working in partnership with asuperb sports company and the trial day will consist of CLICK READ MORE:
An honest and independent write up by a player who attened a trial with us in February
UK Football Trials today received a write up by the player Eoghan O'Neil who attened our London trial in February. Eoghan aged 23 explains: "I decided to write it up because I'm giving myself 12 months to become a professional footballer and that blog will document all the things I do to try and get to that level - It's really more of an online diary for me. February's trial was my first step so it seemed natural to write it up." We think this will be usefull for all players to understand what a trial with us is like from a players perspective in detail and help give players a "heads up" about what to expect, a typical session format and what to do to prepare. We thank Eoghan for sending this to us and hope you all find it useful - copy and paste this link to his blog: http://profootballerin12months.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/my-day-at-uk-football-trials/
SUCCESS! Gabby Adelowo set for a trial with pro clubs Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Brentford
UK Football Trials have secured a pro club trial already for last weeks North London player at The Hive - 16 year old Gabby Adelowo. Gabby stood out immediately under the watchful eye of the coaches and then put in a superb performance in the match, standing out as a commanding central defender. Coach Tony Awor has already secured the defender a trial opportunity at Brentford early next week and Crystal Palace next week followed by Stoke City so we will keep you posted on his progress. He is a great example to all young players who have faced rejection and worked hard to come back into the game. Click READ MORE below
All february trials completed - well done to all players!
During the February half term, 300 players from 18 different countries came to our trials to be assessed by the UKFT coaching team. Using a new trial format, players were given an extra 30 minutes of coaching time due to the icey cold conditions requiring the players to keep moving for the full 3 hours! Head Coach Ian Whyte and the assistant coaches were all extremely impressed with the energy, enthusiasm, hard work and attitude of the players. Please click READ MORE!
UKFT London Coach Peter Dare returns from season with MLS team New York Red Bulls
We caught up with UKFT Coach Peter Dare who shares his experiences of 9 months working with the MLS Club. Pete who was working with Spurs (and is now back as an academy coach) worked hard as a coach by wanted to learn more about the US Soccer ethos, and explore the US Soccer journey for young players compared to the UK game. (Follow Peter on Twitter @PBDare)
“I met many wonderful people and learnt so much coaching in every borough of New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island), Upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I found myself on the pitch of The Red Bull Arena with Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the rest of the team and next to Chris Coleman as Wales were defeated by Mexico at the Met- Life Stadium (the home of the NY Giants and the Jets). I was asked to conduct a few skill videos for the Red Bulls training programs YouTube channel that will be out in the spring. I coached from grassroots level to the Red Bulls Regional Development Schools (a satellite based pre-academy feeder system). In my time with the Red Bulls I also did team promotions, soccer events, match day events and coach education. “ Click READ MORE to learn more about Pete’s lessons from the most influential people in US Soccer.
Sports Science, Health, Performance and Nutrition specialist Scott Robinson joins the UKFT Team!
UKFT want to give as many players as possible the chance to improve every aspect of their game. A huge part of that is the science behind your physical conditioning and health - on and off the pitch. So UKFT has joined forces with Scott - a Doctoral Researcher in Exercise Metabolism, Health & Performance Nutrition at the University of Birmingham - ranked first for research in the UK among the Sport and Exercise Sciences Institutes. Scott has been part of a multi-national team of athletes who were employed by FIFA to travel across Europe and perform a multitude of sports science related tests. Scott has shadowed some of the best strength and conditioning coaches and sports nutritionists in football through his time at Everton Football Club (2011-2012 Season) and Blackburn Rovers Football Club ( 2010-2011 Season). CLICK READ MORE to learn more about Scott!
happy new year from everyone at UKFT! Set out your goals for 2013
We all wish you a very happy and healthy 2013! At this time of year people all over the world are making changes and setting targets and goals for themselves - we are doing that too, with the focus on helping as many players as we can from around the world, improve their football ability and provide opportunities to clubs for selected trial players. Our advice for everyone is to take some time to think about what you want to achieve in your football (and other areas of your life) and write them down. Have an ultimate vision of what you (and your team) would like to achieve this year and beyond. CLICK READ MORE For the process to take!
NEW TRIALS UNDERWAY WITH A GREAT DAY IN BIRMINGHAM
UK Football Trials started their new trial system for the 2012 / 2013 season during cold but dry day in Birmingham! A sell out trial of 48 players gathered with parents braving the icey temperatures, as the players were put through the assessment! UEFA Pro Licence and former England Player Gary Stevens lead the day, designed to encourage, build confidence and to identify those that we can put forward to pro or semi pro clubs. Everyone showed a superb attitude and gave it everything with all the coaching team enjoying the day too! Our team can't wait to start next week where we have 4 further trials - 3 in London and 1 in Manchester! There are very limited spaces left - so be quick if you want to join in! Thank you and well done to all the players and parents that attended!
SUCCESS! UKFT secures overseas Player a trial with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur!
Fantastic news for a player who visited from overseas! UK Football Trials are pleased to have secured yet another Premier League opportunity for Marcus travelled with his family in August from Sweden and came to our Croydon trial. He instantly made an impression on all the coaches (and other trial players!) with his excellent technical ability. UKFT has secured a week long trial with Spurs and 12 year old Marcus and there are a number of other Premier League Clubs who are interested to see him play. Marcus has already attracted interest from two other European teams but the family (some based in London)have chosen UKFT as the company to help with opening the right opportunities. Congratulations to Markus, we will keep you posted on his progress under the management guidance of the UKFT team. Click READ MORE to hear from Marcus’s family about their experience with UKFT so far!
SUCCESS! LUKE RICHARDS SECURES 6 WEEK TRIAL TERMS WITH PRO CLUB CHESTERFIELD
UK Football Trials are delighted to get feedback today from August Leeds trial player Luke Richards about his initial trial yesterday with pro club Chesterfield. Luke is an excellent 15 year old left sided player who really stood out infront of the UKFT UEFA Pro Licence coach John Dungworth. Following his trial, Luke has been offered a 6 week trial extension! It's a exciting time for Luke and he is well supported by his family and the UKFT after trials team. We will keep you updated with his progress! Many congratulations and well done Luke! Luke's parents, Mr & Mrs Richards had this to say about UKFT: "Just simply fantastic from the full days trial to present! The coaches and all involved. We are so grateful for the opportunity Luke has been given. We thought the company sounded too good to be true but take it from us it really is what it claims to be!!"
SUCCESS! Simon Fellows successful trial with semi pro club Eastleigh tells his story!
Simon Fellows attended UK Football Trials twice and on his much improved invitational second trial, got selected by our coaching team and this season we have secured him a place at Semi Pro Club Eastleigh. With the season underway, UKFT contacted Simon aged 20 who tells his story that should inspire players of similar age that you can still break into the semi pro / pro level teams. Simon said: "If it wasn't for UKFT I wouldn't have got this far, and being 20 years of age I started to think that if I didn't try I'd never know what I could achieve in football. UKFT are a superb company in all aspects including their trials and also the after-support they give. I can't thank the UKFT team enough!” CLICK READ MORE to read Simon's experience so far.
SUCCESS! August Trial Player Anselmo Kim trials with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford
UK Football Trials are delighted to have secured a great opportunity for August Mill Hill trial player Anselmo Kim aged 15. Spotted by London Head Coach Gary Stevens and UEFA Coach Tony Awor, Anselmo was outstanding in all of his tests and in the match was a stand out player. Since the trial a couple of weeks ago, UKFT have been working for the player who has already done extremely well at a trial with Brentford and now has a trial with Spurs today! UKFT will continue to work hard for Anselmo and open the doors for the right opportunity! We will keep you posted with his progress, but congratulations from all the coaches and team at UK Football Trials! You could join Anselmo and our other success stories! New trial dates have already been added for the October and November half term! CLICK TRIAL DATES for more info!
UKFT Caoches - Where are they for the 2012 / 2013 season?
UKFT Coaches have had some great news over the summer and have started the new season with their pro clubs! Head coach John Dungworth continues his role at Chesterfield FC and Ex England International Gary Stevens has completed his first set of trials with us in August as London Head Coach! Gareth Rafferty continues his role as coach within a top premier league team. Bristol Coach Alan Walsh has just been appointed Bristol Rovers U18 coach, and London Coach Lee Harrison is 1st team coach at Wycombe Wanderers as a player now out of retirement too! Jim Chapman continues as Director of Youth at Dumbarton Football Club. . Our coaches cannot wait for a new season of trials with UKFT and new events have been added under TRIAL DATES! Hope to see you there!
UKFT Players Chris Hyde and Ben Deakin return from La Liga trial with Real Valladolid!
UK Football Trials has had a good catch up this month with two players we sent to Spain for trial with newly promoted La Liga team Real Valladolid - Chris Hyde and Ben Deakin. UKFT has a partnership with the club and we act as a filter for them to see if players at our trials would be technically suited to the Spanish style of play! We are soon to receive feedback from the coaches in Spain to see how they got on during their week long assessment. This partnership has been extended into the 2012 / 2013 season so the opportunity is available at all of our trials for players aged 18 and over. Click READ MORE to hear the story of Ben & Chris's trip and add HarryUKFT on facebook as a friend to see all of their pictures!
Fantastic AUGUST TRIALS COMPLETED!
The UK Football Trials for August finished yesterday, with more than 380 players attending over 9 venues. The UKFT coaching team have been extremely impressed by the attitude, commitment, enthusiasm and hard work shown by all players. Each player was put through seven individual tests, followed by matches for the last 45 minutes to showcase their ability infront of our superb coaches and tallent identification team. UKFT Head of player placement attended all the trials and meetings are underway to discuss the selection of players we can put forward to pro or semi pro clubs throughout the UK. All players will recieve their results and player evaluations by September 5th and we have more trials to follow in the end of October / early november half term week! WELL DONE ALL PLAYERS!
SUCCESS! Daniel whysall secures a trial with Championship side Leeds Utd
UKFT have confirmed the trial for Daniel to play in a trial match for championship side Leeds United. Daniel who impressed UEFA Pro Licence coach John Dungworth is set for next week and wish him all the best of luck! UKFT Head of player placement secured the exciting opportunity and Daniel becomes the thrid player to trial at the club! Daniel who has been playing for local clubs and on the radar of Sheffield pro clubs is an exciting young player and now has a great opportunity to impress at an amibitious club. We will keep you posted with how Daniel gets on and congratulate him on his success!
SUCCESS! Thomas Bailey - Trials at Everton, Manchester City & Leeds UTD!
UK Football Trials are delighted that Liverpool trial player Thomas Baliey has been for Premier League team trials and tonight is off to Leeds United for yet another! Thomas who was spotted by UEFA Pro Licence Coach John Dungworth and the assistant coaches, is an outstanding young prospect who has caught the eye of the top english clubs and remains on the radar of numerous clubs! Thomas is being supported by the UKFT to help guide Thoams the right way as he progresses. Thomas's mother Leanne said: "My husband Simon and I would like to thank you guys at UKFT for putting opportunities there for our Thomas! It has been an exciting journey that's still moving forward." We look forward to seeing Thomas at one of our trials in August and will keep you all posted on his developments! It's fantastic news!
Former England International, World Cup player Gary Stevens confirmed as Head Coach for all London Trials!
UK Football Trials are delighted to have confirmed UEFA Pro Licence coach and ex Spurs and England International player Gary Stevens as Head coach for all of our London August trials! Gary who was selected by Sir Bobby Robson for the 1986 Mexico World Cup for England and played professionally at Portsmout and Spurs is a hugely respected within the game, a superb coach and is also a Skysports pundit. It is a fantastic opportunity for all of our London trial players to learn and be assessed by a footballer who has played at the highest level. Click on our "Meet The Team" tab at the top to learn more about Gary.
SUCCESS! UKFT Player Steven Ellery signs a 2 year scholarship with Pro club Aldershot!
UK Football Trials are delighted that our Croydon trialist Steven Ellery has singed a two year deal at pro club Aldershot. Steven has impressed from the start at the club and secures his deal that offers a superb opportunity for the player to develop his excellent technical ability. Spotted by all of the coaches at the Croydon trial and placed into the club by our head of player placement, we are thrilled Steven took his oportunity and we look forward to contiuning to support Steven with his career.
SUCCESS Update! Dion Battes secures more pro club trials at Leeds Utd and Chesterfield!
UK Football Trials are delighted that Dion Battes from our Leeds trial is currently training with Oldham Athletic but has secured a trial also with Chesterfield and Leeds United! 15 year old Dion is a promising left sided attacking player with a keen eye for goal who in a recent season scored an incredible 44 goals for his club. Dion's father Paul says: "Dion is doing well at Oldham, the training is very intense, especially because its pre season, but he is loving the experience. Thanks to UK Football Trials, he is very excited about going to Chesterfield next week and then Leeds. Once again I would like to thank the whole team at UKFT for helping Dion on the path to his dream." We will let you know about any further updates on Dion. Click READ MORE for a full parent testimonial
SUCCESS! Ben Deakin & Chris Hyde off to Spain to trial with La Liga side Real Valladolid!
UK Football Trials have today confirmed two players from our Bristol Trial heading to Spain to have a week long trial with La Liga club Real Valladolid. Ben Deakin who makes his first visit to the club will be joined by Chris Hyde who we sent back in February and who has been asked to return. Ben says: "When I was told this was happening I couldn’t believe it. It is such an amazing opportunity and it will be something I remember for the rest of my life. Without the coaches at UK football trials that this wouldn’t be happening for me and I am very greatful that they are giving me this opportunity. It is an amazing company and I look forward to continuing my development with them." Click READ MORE to read Ben's full story! We wish them both every success and we will keep you informed of their progress!
SUCCESS! Patryk Barylski secures trials and match with Stalybridge Celtic!
UK Football Trials are pleased to have secured yet another trial and further match for 18 year old Patryk Barylski. Spotted by UKFT Head Coach John Dungworth at our Leed trial, and placed by our head of player placement who secured the opportuntiy. Patryk has progressed through his first trial, had further training and a match and is awaiting news on an offer with the Conference North Club. Patryk says: "UK Football Trails gave me the experience to be coached by UEFA pro coaches and therefore I have learnt a lot about the game and what I needed to improve on in order to be a successfull player. Thank you very much for everything UKFT you did for me as now i have a chance to be a pro football and fulfill my dreams, thank you!" Congratulations Patryk and we will keep you posted on his developments!
SUCCESS! UKFT Player Jack bailey secures second trial with pro club and league 2 side burton albion!
UK Football Trials are delighted that Derby Trial player Jack Bailey has today been on trial with pro club and League 2 side Burton Albion. The feedback has been positive and Jack has been invited back again following the opportunity provided by UKFT head of player placement Jack aged 16 is a strong left sided / forward player who impressed UKFT Head Coach John Dungworth at our trials. Congratulations to Jack and we will keep you posted with his progress
Success! Anwar Hmimssa selected for trial with Champioship side Brighton & Hove albion!
UK Football Trials are delighted to have organised for Croydon trial player Anwar Hmimssa to be training and then playing a match with Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. Anwar aged 14 who impressed all of the coaches during our June trial is now on the radar of a few clubs who are looking for him to join for the new season. UKFT Head of player placement once again created the opportunity for Anwar we wish him every success with his trial. Many congratulations Anwar from all the team! We will keep you posted on his developments!
UK Football trials attend the beyond sport summit
UK Football Trials has just attended the Beyond Sport summit in London. It is a superb global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. There were some very special success stories and appearances including David Beckham and Muhammad Ali on stage presenting an award. Click READ MORE to learn more about the event.
SUCCESS! UKFT Player Steven Ellery Gonzalez secures trial with Leeds United, Aldershot with interest from other pro clubs!
UK Football Trials are delighted to have secured Croydon Trial player Steven Ellery Gonzalez with a trial at Leeds United & Aldershot with requests from other pro clubs too!. The opportunities have been secured by UKFT Head of Player Placement after being spotted by UEFA Pro Licence coach John Dungworth, a premier league scout in attendence and UKFT coach Lee Harrison & Tony Awor. Steven who has played football in Japan, Peru, Italy and Spain due to his parents global work requirements and UKFT's support team are guiding the player to ensure he secures the right opportunity. Steven says: "I really appreciate so much what UK Football Trials have done for me, it's incredible." We will keep you posted on developments and many congratulations to Steven!
SUCCESS! UKFT PLAyer nathan wanzola secures his second pro club trial with championship side peterborough united
UK Football Trials are delighted to have secured a second pro club trial opportunity for Mill Hill trial player Nathan Wanzola. As a versatile attacking player, Nathan has already been with Leyton Orient and is now on the sites of Peterborough who have requested to see him play against Premier League Side Tottenham Hotspur. Spotted by UKFT coach Andy Davies who has a superb track record of scouting successful pr players, Nathan is now looking forward to his opportunity and hopes to secure further pre season training with the club! More on Nathan soon!
SUCCESS! UKFT Player max joani set for Championship Side peterborough United trial
UK Football Trials have secured a trial opportunity for Mill Hill trial player Max Joani at Championship side Peterborough United. Max was spotted by UKFT coach Andy Davies who is responsible for a large number of the success stories at the club. Max is an exciting right sided player and has the opportunity to showcase his skills to play against Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur! If successful, Max could well secure further training through pre season and beyond. Congratulations Max and we will keep you posted on his progress!
FA Coaches wanted to help our UEFA team at trials!
Looking for some coaching experience? Want to help our UEFA coaches on the trial days? Have you got energy, confidence, enthusiasm and an FA coaching qualification? If so this is a superb opportunity for you! Work alongside our UEFA team, you will help with scoring and assisting during the testing phase, then stand alongside the experts and learn from what they see of the players in the matches. Read our "Meet The Team" page to see the coaches you will be working with! UKFT are happy to provide references following the trials too. Apply by sending us your CV with a cover note to: firstname.lastname@example.org with details of which trials in August would be of interest to you and we will get in touch! Only 3 places per trial available!
Former England International and UEFA Pro Licence Coach - Gary Stevens joins the UKFT coaching team
UK Football Trials are delighted that former England International Player Gary Stevens has joined part of the UKFT coaching team. An outstanding UEFA Pro Licence Coach – one of only 200 in the country. Gary played for Tottenham Hotspur and England, selected by Sir Bobby Robson to play in the Mexico 1986 World Cup. Gary started his career in 1979 where he made his debut as a 17-year-old, in the First Division as Brighton won 2–0 at home to IpswichTown, the club which had released him as a schoolboy. Gary joined Tottenham Hotspurs and made his Tottenham debut at the start of the 1983-84 season, again against Ipswich. He was a first team regular that season, making 40 league appearances and played on the winning side in the 1984 UEFA Cup. He was also capped seven times by England, and was included in the squad for the 1986 world Cup. Gary left Spurs for Portsmouth in 1990 but persistent injuries forced him to retire in 1992. Following retirement Gary has worked as a presenter for Sky Sports, and for Talksport radio in the UK, and recently spent 2 years as a coach at Gabala FC with former England and Arsenal captain - Tony Adams. UKFT were delighted that Gary could help with a London trial in June and subject to Gary's availability will be hoping he can join the team for some of the August trials.
SUCCESS - UKFT Trial Player Simon Fellows Pre Season At Semi Pro Club Eastleigh FC
UK Football Trials are pleased to announce that our trial player from our Bristol trial has been for a trial with semi pro club Eastleigh and been invited back for pre season after a excellent showing. Simon approached UKFT looking for help during his last year at University to secure a semi pro club opportunity. The trial with the reserve team on saturday went well and it's great to hear the opportunity developing further. UKFT can help players from Premier League level through to Semi Pro - and in our August trials we look to help many more. Congratulations Simon!
SUCCESS! UKFT Player Accepted for trials with Premier League side Everton Football Club!
UK Football Trials are delighted that Thomas Bailey who attended out June trial in Liverpool has been accepted for a trial with Everton this week! Thomas is a superb young player who impressed right from the start of the trial in both the testing and game situation. He has been put forward to Everton's senior scout and Academy Coach who has provided Thomas with the opportunity to secure a place within the centre of excellence. It is great news for Thomas who is well supported by parents Simon (an FA Coach) and Mum Leanne. UKFT Head of Player Placement has helped advise the family and we will continue to do so in the future. Congratulations to Thomas and we will keep you all updated on his trial and developments with Everton over the coming weeks!
UKFT SPANISH CLUB PARTNER - REAL VALLADOLID - PROMOTED INTO LA LIGA!
UK Football Trials recently extended their partnership with Spanish Club Real Valladolid for the 2012 / 2013 season and are delighted the side have been promoted to LA LIGA after 2-1 aggregate win in their promotion play-off with Alcorcon. Leading 1-0 from the first leg Valladolid secured a second leg draw to ensure a return to the top-flight after a two-year absence. With four of our players heading there in early August, and with UKFT's ten trials later in the month, the opportunity for players aged 18 and over becomes that much greater within the highest Spanish League!
Success! Two Players have trials with Spurs and secure extended trial terms!
UK Football Trials are delighted that two players from our Mill Hill trial in June have already been put forward to Tottenham Hotspur for a trial and both been offered extensions! Spotted by UKFT Coach Tony Awor, they were put into the Premier League club within 7 days for the exciting opportunity. Feedback has been very positive for both! One player has been offered a 6 week trial extension with the opportunity to break into the development squad. The other player has been asked to train with the development squad straight away and the coaches believe he is not far away from being invited to train with the full academy squad based on his current ability and showing on his trial. We are delighted with the news and have 13 more players going forward to clubs for pre season. More news on them soon!
JUNE TRIALS COMPLETED - A GREAT WEEK!
195 players, 15 coaches, 35 overseas players from 10 countries, sun, wind, rain - the trials had it all! All the UKFT team have completed a great week that was extremely enjoyable and with all but one event selling out. Players from Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Croydon and Mill Hill were put through their paces by the all the coaches and it was great to see all the players showing the right attitude, hard work and effort on the day, sometimes in testing conditions. We have sent out all player evaluations now and if you would like a football CV please email us! The coaches have made decisions on selected players and will be adding news stories this week with players going forward to pro clubs! We have 10 trials arranged for August (SEE TRIAL DATES) and already they are selling fast. Let us know if we can help by calling or emailing!
Yesterday saw the UK Football Trials get underway with players showing us their talent in Glasgow, today we are in Liverpool then heading to Manchester before heading to London where we are holding two events. There are no spaces left for these events as they are sold out, but we have just released the new event areas for you so book early. Click on the 'Trial Dates' and book your place now.
Grass Roots Football Show May 25th to May 27th at the Birmingham NEC.
UKFT are really looking forward to going to the Grass Roots Football Show at the Birmingham NEC taking place from May 25th to May 27th. It is always a superb event covering all aspects of the game, from techinical coaching sessions & development training, to free style demonstrations and lectures. With loads of exhibitors, top coaches, celebrity appearances and the first ever zone just for womens football, it's sure to be a fantastic fun day out for families with a passion for football. If you want to meet us on the Friday 25th then either Tweet at us @ukfootballtrial, Facebook us, email email@example.com or call us 0845 496 1213! Have a look at their website for ticket information and to learn more about the show! http://www.grassrootsfootball.co.uk/
UKFT Player - Jonathan Addai going forward to Real Valladolid Trials!
Jonathan Addai who attended our Mill Hill trial and will be returning to June trial to keep sharp, has been selected to go to Real Valladolid in August for a 2 week trial. Jonathan who spent 5 years at Spurs and in 2011 was in the Hertfordshire County Team who were the FA English Schools Finalists. An impressive fast, strong, technical player, who impressed the UKFT coaches, Jonathan decided to concerntrate on his studies for period and is now looking for his break again into a pro team. We look forward to working with Jonathan to open opportunities for him and look forward to seeing him at the Mill Hill Trial in June!
GLASGOW TRIAL JUNE 4th - HEAD COACH – JIM CHAPMAN
UK Football Trials are delighted to have Director of Youth Football at Dumbarton Football Club - Jim Chapman as our head coach for the Glasgow trial in June. Jim was a pro player before becoming manager of Albion Rovers, then Dumbarton Football Club. He led the side to the Division Three championship 18 months later then became Director of Youth at the club. Jim has a passion for youth development, he is an outstanding coach and will help all players improve their game whilst identifying those that UKFT can put forward to pro level clubs. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Glasgow trial players and we are thrilled to have Jim as Head Coach for the day.
UKFT Player Reece Richiardi going forward for trials with Spanish Club Real Valladolid in August
Reece Richiardi aged 19 attended the UK Football Trials event in Leeds and impressed right from the outset. As a result he has been put forward to Real Valladolid for a trial in August with the spanish side. Reece got to the last 20 of the England U18 trials and has had spells with Leeds, Newcastle, Doncaster and Scunthorpe. Reece has an excellent attitude and approached UKFT to see if he could secure the International opportunity . Reece was outstanding throughout and in the game showed superb vision, pace, quick feet and it wasn’t long before UEFA Pro Licence coach John Dungworth wanted to discuss the opportunity further. His style will suit the Spanish game and Reece leaves in August with 3 more UKFT players for the 2 week trial. Congratulations Reece! If any club would like details on Reece then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UKFT to work with Sports & Entertainment Agency ITM Sports
UKFT have formed a partnership with London based company ITM Sports. Agent Oliver Ward who has worked with the likes of Chris Smalling and Rob Green has agreed to help UKFT players that move forward to pro club level and would require help with contracts or paperwork. This will ensure players that reach this stage are professionally supported. Oliver who is a licenced agent in Football, Rugby and Cricket is greatly respected in the industry for his honest and ethical approach - the values shared by everyone at UKFT.
Parent feedback about our trials.
Karen Wood, the mother of Joe kindly wrote this on our Facebook wall this afternoon to explain why she has booked up Joe for another trial: CLICK READ MORE for Karen's view:
UKFT Liverpool trial June 5th - coach Gareth Rafferty - Liverpool FC coach and TQ Academy Director
UKFT are delighted to team up with UEFA qualified Liverpool FC coach Garreth Rafferty for our trial at Powerleague Liverpool on June 5th. During his 5 years at Liverpool Football Club he has been in the unique position of working under and learning from two highly rated technical directors. He has learned the Dutch Coerver style under Piet Hamberg and more recently passing and possession with ex Barcelona technical Director Joseph Segura. Gareth says: “It is fantastic to be associated with a company such as UKFT, there are lots of players released by Academies / Centre of Excellences who just require a second chance and UKFT offer just that! They have fantastic links throughout the football ladder from premiership clubs - semi pro clubs around the UK and abroad.” Click READ MORE for information on Gareth's Academy - TQ Football Academy.
SUCCESS! UKFT Leeds Trial player requested for Pre season training with pro club Oldham Athletic!
UK Football Trials are delighted that Dion Battes from our Leeds trial in April has been invited to trial at pre season training with Oldham Athletic!
15 year old Dion impressed UK Football Trials Head Coach John Dungworth, in both the tests and the game situation. Rochdale are also keeping watch on the talented youngster after speaking to John about him.
Dion is a promising left sided attacking player with a keen eye for goal who in a recent season scored an incredible 44 goals for his club. Under the watchful guidance of father Paul he is training hard over the summer and hopefully using some tips picked up from the UKFT coaches to prepare for the opportunity!
We will keep you posted on Dion's progress and UKFT would like to congratulate him on the news and wish him all the best! CLICK "READ MORE" FOR THE TESTIMONIAL FROM DION'S FATHER ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE OF UKFT!
Spanish club REAL VALLaDOLID partnership WITH UK FOOTBALL TRIALS extends into the 2012 - 2013 season!
UK Football Trials are delighted to announce an extension into the 2012 /2013 season for the partnership with the Spanish side currently set for automatic promotion into La Liga! Our June trials and beyond now enable players to utilise this opportunity of a two week trial. Director of football in Spain John Gontier incharge of the partnership explains the opportunity: "Real Valladolid wants to work with UK Football Trials to act as a filter for English players who would be most suited for Spanish football and also to help introduce the Spanish style to the inherent English grit. In Spain the style is to let the ball do the running. Coming to Spain is not only a two week trial to get signed by Real Valladolid or the many nearby clubs whose scouts are base in Valladolid but also a way to add The Spanish Way to your CV. The experience will give players the confidence to do better back home or anywhere else in the world." Harry Price of UKFT who organised the partnership with John: "We are delighted. John Dungworth our head coach has selected four players going for two week trials in August and to extend this partnership for another season provides a superb opportunity for all our selected trial players." News and profiles of the selected players soon!
UK Football Trials player watched by 3 pro clubs following trial - Southampton, Portsmouth & Brighton
UK Football Trials goal keeper Miles Cassidy-Rice attended our Croydon trial where our UKFT coach - ex Barnet captain Lee Harrison arranged 3 pro clubs to watch the keeper for his local team. Mile’s mother contacted UKFT with the news and thoughts on our service: "The day was very well organised from beginning to end. Lee Harrison spent the morning working with him - this was great, as this position can sometimes be overlooked. The afternoon was spent with short match sessions giving Miles the opportunity to show his skill. Lee informed us he would contact our local Academy Clubs and Miles has been observed playing in his local team by Scouts from 3 different Academies with positive feedback from the Scouts through Lee and Miles is currently being monitored by the clubs. This opportunity has only come about through attending the UKFT trials, and I thank the team and especially Lee Harrison for all the help they have provided." If any club would like details on Miles please contact email@example.com
UK Football Trials to attend Sports Industry Awards in London - May 2nd
UK Football Trials will be present at the largest sports industry gathering with over 1,750 people attending. UKFT will be speaking to some of the biggest commerical sports partners in the world looking to share ideas for the future and secure future partnerships. UKFT have already made plans for additional football services to help players develop their game and get the break they deserve. Some of the top football players both past and present will also be in attendance to meet and share ideas. UKFT may also have to get one or two autographs for the office wall!! We will keep you posted on the event!
UK Football Trials Success - Nathan Wanzola - Trials at Leyton Orient!
UK Football Trials coaches John Dungworth and Andy Davies spotted Nathan at our Mill Hill Trial. We put Nathan forward for trials and training with the Under 14's side where he played 2 matches and scored 3 goals. Nathan's father Hamba said: "“For me, Nathan's time spent with UK Football Trials has been efficient and effective, which will allow Nathan to achieve more than we can imagine. UK Football Trials support is a highway forward for him.” We asked Nathan how he has found his experience with UK Football Trials so far: "UK Football Trials has made a tremendous difference in my life. They have allowed me to achieve success, and to accomplish what I had previously only dreamed of, or wished for." We will keep you posted on Nathan's progress! Congratulations to Nathan from all the team at UKFT.
All April trials completed! Well done to all players!
We have had a fantastic set of trials in April which saw more than 165 players from all over the UK and Europe attend. UK Football Trials UEFA Pro licence Head coach John Dungworth and UEFA A assistant coaches were very impressed by the attitude of the players that attended. Final decisions have been made about players going forward to pro clubs for trials and EVERY player has now had a personal player evaluation. Feedback from players and parents has been fantastic and we appreciate all of your comments. Further services are being launched soon by UK Football Trials! LOOK OUT FOR NEW SECTIONS added to our website soon and news on all the players going forward to clubs! Congratulations and well done to all players from the trials. It was great to see you all visibly improve during the trials and we hope you all enjoyed it!
All june trials - want to play football in spain? Real valladolid opportunity for players aged 19 to 21 years old!
Have you been told you are too small? Played at a high level but felt the Spanish style of play would suit your game best? Well UKFT have a solution! We are continuing work with Real Valladolid following our first placement to the Spanish side who are 2nd set for promotion to La Liga. You will train initally with the U18's, then reserves and if you are at the right level - then the 1st team! The first team have a former Barcelona FC Champions League Winning Coach. 4 players from April are going in August - want to join them? See you at our trials in June!
UKFT Reaching the world! Interest from 139 countries in 2012!
All the team at UK football trials have been working hard this year to reach as many footballers as possible around the world. An update this week shows that in 2012 we have reached players from a total of 139 countries! As the demand from overseas players is continuing to grow we are looking at plans to expand across the boarders for UK players to play overseas and for overseas players to play in the UK! We really appreciate all of the support and interest. More news on this soon!
Success! UKFT Manchester Trial player Chris Hyde returns from trial in Spain with Real Valladolid's Men's First Team!
UKFT today caught up with Chris Hyde, aged 20 who attended the UKFT trial in Manchester. Head Coach John Dungworth felt Chris’s style of play would suit the Spanish game, so the team at UKFT secured Chris a trial with Real Valladolid. They currently sit third with a great chance for promotion into La Liga with the giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid! Chris impressed from the start and was soon training with the men’s 1st Team. Feedback from Sports Director John Gontier has been extremely positive and they have asked Chris to return for further trials! Chris played alongside a former Real Madrid midfielder and impressed the former Barcelona FC coach who won the Champions League with Barca and recently joined Real Valladolid. Chris is currently back in the UK, training hard physically with exciting news from two further clubs. If any club would like to speak to Chris about trial opportunities please contact us! UKFT have now made arrangements with the club in Spain and will be looking for further players to send to the Spanish club. Congratulations to Chris – an outstanding achievement! We will be hearing more from John Gontier and Chris soon!
UK FOOTBALL TRIALS HEAD COACH - JOHN DUNGWORTH - HIS PROFILE
UEFA PRO LICENCE COACH - John is one of only 200 coaches in England with the highest coaching qualification in football. During his playing career John achieved 550 + League & Cup appearances, 2 at Wembley stadium and scored 130 goals. He won the Adidas Golden Boot for the most goals scored in the 1978/79 season. As head of the Leeds United Academy he also coached alongside Eddie Gray, where in 1997/98 season the youth team squad were the semi-finalists in the FA Youth Cup. Five of the players from this team; Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, Matthew Jones, Stephen McPhail and Alan Smith have all gone on to achieve international recognition and play at the highest level. CLICK READ MORE to read more about John's trip to Barcelona FC and more!
UKFT - Croydon Trial review from UPRO Football Magazine!
UPRO Football Magazine came to the Croydon Trial held in February to see what we were all about, how we operate, and what we offer the players at our trials. Have a read for yourself about their thoughts on our trials! http://uprofootballmag.com/2012/02/27/uk-football-trials/
UK Football Trials Teams up with Adventure and Football Holiday company Tyler Tours!
With the huge number of players from overseas looking to attend our trials, we've decided to team up with London based holiday company Tyler Tours! If you are looking for more than just a flying visit and would like more of a holiday, with some football included, then they offer one or two week packages. Trips include visits to Premier League Stadiums, matches against local teams, a UK Football Trial included, and UK Football Trial coaching days. Players must be aged 16 to 21. They will meet you from the airport and look after you for the duration of your London stay. Have a look on their website for full details! http://tylertours.com/#
SUCCESS - Mill Hill Trial player offered a one week trial with Spurs
UKFT are delighted to help secure a one week trial for Mill Hill Trial player starting next week. Our player was spotted by Head Coach John Dungworth and further watched by our contact in Spurs who now has confirmed a trial offer. We will let you know how our player gets on! Remember - if our coaches think you are at the required level - you will be put forward to clubs who listen and respect their opinion, from Premier League to Semi Pro level! Your next opportunity is in April! More success stories to follow soon!
SUCCESS - Mill Hill Trial player offered trial with Leyton Orient
UKFT are delighted to announce a Mill Hill trialist has an offer for a trial accepted today for Leyton Orient Football Club. Our player was spotted by Head Coach John Dungworth and Andy Davies who felt our player from the tests and final game situation showed the necessary qualities to be put forward. UKFT have worked with the player and parents to produce a player CV and on our coached recommendation, our player has been offered a trial. We will keep you posted on how it goes next week!
February Trials - An excellent week!
UKFT would like to thank all of the players who attended the five trials last week. UEFA Pro Licence and UKFT Head coach John Dungworth has been extremely impressed with the attitude and commitment of all the players who attended. We understand that you were put under some pressure and tested on your mental and physical strengths. All of the results will be completed by the end of this week! We want to hear your feedback, so any thoughts on what was good or not so good, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. Whoever has the best idea or suggestion will have a free trial with us in April!!
Glasgow trials - coach - mark shanks
UKFT are delighted to have Mark Shanks at our Glasgow trial. Mark has been involved in the football industry in a professional capacity as either apprentice player, player, coach or manager in a full time, part time and voluntary capacity for the past thirty five years. His career includes playing for Blackburn Rovers, Motherwell, Pezoporicos (Cyprus), Ayr Utd, Dumbarton, and Queen of the South. Mark has also worked as development officer for the Scottish FA. Mark has exceptional talent identifying players with potential and ability so will be able to help UKFT offer opportunities into clubs in Scotland and England. We are delighted to have Mark at the trial!
London Croydon Trials - Coach - Lee Harrison
UK Football Trials are delighted to announce Lee Harrison assisting as a coach and scout with John Dungworth at the Croydon Trial on February 17th! Lee started his career at Charlton and played in over 400 League and Cup games in the course of his career - 233 with Barnet where he was captain and player of the year for 3 consecutive seasons! Lee also played for Gillingham, Fulham, Leyton Orient and Peterborough United. He joined Dagenham & Redbridge as a coach for their successful play-off campaign. Lee is a UEFA "A" qualified outfield and goal keeper coach. He has links into many clubs around the Greater London area and will be looking out for talented players we can put forward. Lee provides Croydon trial players with a huge number of club opportunities and we are delighted to be working with him!
London Millhill Trials - coach - ANDY DAVIES
UK Football Trials are delighted to have Andy Davies with John Dungworth at our trial in Millhill. Andy has worked at the top level of youth coaching for more than 15 years with an incredible 23 football qualifications to his name! His work covers coaching and development within Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth, Millwall, Peterborough and Cambridge United to name a few! He has links into numerous pro clubs around England and is hugely respected in football for his player profiling and talent identifcation. If you impress Andy and John at Millhill they can open up doors to many top clubs, from Premier League sides like Arsenal to non league. We are delighted to have Andy at the trial.
MANCHESTER TRIAL - COACH - FRANKIE BUNN
UKFT are delighted to announce Frankie Bunn as coach with John Dungworth at our Manchester Trial. Frankie was a striker who began his career at Luton Town, and later played for Hull City and Oldham Athletic. He scored 6 GOALS - STILL A LEAGUE CUP RECORD in Oldham's 7–0 victory over Scarborough in the third round of the League Cup. PAUL SCHOLES described Frankie as his favourite footballer of all time. Frankie began his coaching career at WIGAN, before joining MANCHESTER CITY as reserve team coach. He was appointed first-team coach at COVENTRY CITY, was joint caretaker manager and then first-team coach. Frankie has links with clubs all over the North of England from Premier League to non league and will be looking for talented players.
UKFT success! Two week trial for CHRIS HYDE at Spanish side Real Valladolid!
UKFT are delighted to announce the success of UKFT Player Chris Hyde who leaves next week for a two week trial in Spain with Real Valladolid Football Club. Chris attended our Manchester trial and scored extremely well on the dribbling, passing, agility and game performance tests. Chris is a former Manchester United Academy and Middlesbrough Academy player who our coach John Dungworth recommended would suit the Spanish game. UKFT have now built a link with the spanish club, who play one league below La Liga. Barcelona and Spainish International players Buscuets and Pedro were recent graduates of this league. UKFT would like to congratulate Chris and wish him all the best for his two week trial. We will hear more from Chris soon!
UKFT Success! Josiah Chukwudi. Interest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and currently training with QPR
UK Football Trials are delighted to announce the success of a player that was spotted at our Millhill North London trial in 2011. Josiah Chukwudi aged 15 caught the eye of our Head Coach John Dungworth and QPR Scout at the trial, who went to watch Josiah at a Sunday League game after the trial. Josiah is now successfully training with QPR. However – Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all shown interest in the UKFT star after his superb performances! It is an exciting time for Josiah and UK Football Trials congratulate him on his success so far. UK Football Trials hope that at the next 5 trials in February we find a number of similar talented players! Well Done Josiah Chukwudi!
Extra Dates Added
Due to our football trials getting full we are putting on another date on Friday 17th February.
New Events Launched
UK wide football trials now available to be book on our website. The new football trials will be held in Scotland, Manchester and Birmingham. Adding to our UK football trial event in London.
London Trial Offer Ends January 2nd!
Don't miss your chance to take the first steps of going from player to pro. Instead of the normal £60 we are only charging £40 for the next London event on 13th February.
NEW TOP COACHES/SCOUTS
Coming soon - a host of new signings for UK Football trials including ex players and current Professional scouts! Details to be announced shortly...
New UK Football Trials events starting in February half term 2012.
Due to the success of our events over the Summer, we are expanding our trial events and will be running 5 days over the February half term. We will also be expanding the number of Areas which we visit so register now to receive further details!
12 PRO SCOUTS REGISTERED
UK Football Trials have 12 Pro scouts now registered with us! That means 12 top clubs now have access to your player profiles and gives you 12 clubs who might want you for a trial.
Get booked onto an event and find out if you've got what it takes to move from "Player to Pro"!
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK LONDON AND MANCHESTER FOOTBALL TRIAL EVENTS!
NEW EVENTS ADDED
We are delighted to announce our next two events in London and Manchester.
Our London event is taking place at the Lucozade Powerleague Centre at Mill Hill on July 26th and our Manchester trial is being held at Lucozade Powerleague Manchester on July 28th.
SCOUTS AT OUR TRIALS DAYS
At UK Football Trials we understand that it's all about getting scouted. Unlike some companies we don't ask you to pay hundreds of pounds for a week of training or ask you to get through a trial day and then have to play in another match to prove yourself!
New Events Announced
After the success of this years UK Football Trials we have announced the dates for two more events in February. These will be held in London on the 23rd Feb and in the Midlands on the 25th Feb. Places are limited so get booked on early.
John Dungworth appointed as Head Coach
UK Football Trials are pleased to announce John Dungworth as our Head Coach. John has a wealth of experience and as recently as 2009 was first team coach of Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship! Our players will benefit hugely from John's experience with working with world class younger players and he has brought through the likes of England Internationals such as Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Smith.
Top Coach to join the UKFT Team!
UK Football Trials are going to be announcing some exciting news next week. We are in discussions with a coach that has worked with some of the top players in the Premiership! This will mean that all players attending our events will receive the best coaching advice possible and will have the eyes of a top UEFA coach running the rule over your skills! Get practicing lads as you could be the next top player he discovers.
Easier way to pay!
You can now add funds to your UK Football Trials account via your profile page! Just login using your username and password and click on the 'add funds' button and follow the easy steps. You can also still pay via cheque and internet and telephone banking. If you have any questions give the booking team a call on 0845 496 1213
UK Football Trials Website Launches
This is the launch of our brand new website, we are really excited and can't wait until the first event at the end of August. We hope to see many football players there for their chance to show their talents and get one step closer to playing professional football.
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Why you should come to a UK Football Trials event!
- Be coached & tested by World Class UEFA "Pro or A" Licence coaches
- UEFA qualified coaches, pro club scouts, and UK Football Trials Head of Player Placement will watch your trial
- If you impress we send you straight to trials for clubs near you, at the right level
- Pro club opportunities from Premier League to Semi Pro, UK wide and internationally
- Superb UK Wide locations - surfaces used by the pro players - all weather, full size 3G pitches
- Dynamic, high tempo, enjoyable "assessment" not "coaching" to keep all players on the move
- 10-14 year olds receive a graded assessment on 10 criteria with same day feedback document
to help improve areas of your game, a 75 minute session and a 45 minute small sided match.
- 15+ years old have a 90 minute session followed by 40 minutes of 11 vs 11 on a full size
3G pitch with a speed & agility test and document to improve strength & conditioning
- UK Football Trials player CV after the trial - just email us and we send you one free!
- All players notified with 7 days of the last monthly trial set with a decision based on the
independent decision of UK Football Trials Coaches, UK Football Trials Head of Player Placement & Pro Club Scouts.
- Selected players are supported by UK Football Trials Tony Awor - an FA Licenced and FIFA Registered agent
- Q&A from all coaches after the trial for you and your parents
- Help from the UK Football Trials team to assist you in your football playing career
- PLEASE NOTE - Players aged 15+ must self assess their performance, we do not offer
individual feedback as this skill is all part of becoming a better footballer
- A memorable day out - you will learn a lot, enjoy it and become a better player!