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Soccer Academy Successes Hit A Record!

At EduKick Manchester, our goal is to build each student-athlete to be the best player – and human being – they can be. It’s no surprise then, when we have a season of successes like this one!

Since the season started, EduKick Manchester has seen thirteen players rise to the top through hard work, great coaching and intense training.

This is an EduKick Manchester record! Student-players have headed to trials with professional clubs, signed with semi-professional teams for reserves (as well as first teams!) and more.

Our academy has worked even harder this season to promote our student-athletes through small training sessions with former professional footballers like Frank Sinclair, Jon Macken and Richie Wellens (Manager at Oldham), and hosting Professional Football Association sessions to introduce our students to current players and coaches from professional clubs in the area.

This season, we’ve also taken them to two showcase events in Manchester – where they rub elbows with scouts and representatives from clubs on the lookout for up-and-coming players and fresh talent.

Want to know the names of these talented young men?

  • Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol – Signed for Radcliffe Borough under the management of our own Jon Macken and Frank Sinclair, making appearances in the first team for the side.
  • Will Brookshaw – Selected from the showcase event in October by League One, side Crewe Alexandra.
  • Fedor Dubrovin – Spotted by League One, side Blackpool FC at the October showcase event and has been shortlisted by their recruitment team for further observation.
  • Kasper Graf – Selected from the showcase event in October by League One, side Crewe Alexandra and has been attending for over a month now, awaiting a final decision on if they will offer a contract.
  • Chris Rumisek – Selected by semi-professional side Maine Rd for training and signed to play for their first team following the head coach watch one of the academy fixtures.
  • Clement Fullington – Selected by semi-professional side Maine Rd for training and signed to play for their first team following the head coach watch one of the academy fixtures.
  • Jaime Quinones – Selected by semi-professional side Maine Rd for training a following the head coach watch one of the academy fixtures.
  • Will Mullock – Represented Shropshire County representative team following the academy coaches recommendation.
  • Zac Lennox – Represented Shropshire County representative team following the academy coaches recommendation.
  • Sudesh Marner – Invited to train with League One side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester.
  • Buhle Buka – Invited to train with League One side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester.
  • Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol – Invited to train with League One side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester.
  • Kingsley Okagu – Invited to train with League One side Oldham Athletic following the August showcase event in Manchester.

These success stories are ramping up for EduKick Manchester, and we’re looking forward to even more opportunities being presented to our student-players here.

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EduKick Players Showcase Their Ability

Success for the Edukick Manchester Soccer Academy!

The first Edukick Manchester independent showcase event on Friday, August 25th, 2017, was a smashing success. All players registered with the program, along with some invited players from a local non-league side, got to show their ability to scouts and representatives from clubs around the northwest.

The afternoon kicked off with a guest session from Leicester City player Richie Wellens. Richie, an English former professional footballer who primarily played as a central midfielder, is currently a first-team coach at Oldham Athletic. He has been to the international academy on a number of occasions for guest coaching sessions.

However, Friday, Wellens personally prepared players for the up and coming showcase event and shared with them his experiences breaking into the professional game. His ability to relay the game from every aspect provided a great enrichment for the players.

After the guest session from Richie, the Edukick boys were put into a showcase game under the watchful eye of one of the Oldham Athletic academy head coaches, Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA) representation, Adam – one of the Manchester City Academy coaches and the Radcliffe Borough head coach.

In a very competitive game, the players showed great ability, impressing the on-looking representatives with some real success.

The PFSA has requested the details of one of our players, hoping to take him to some of the semi-professional and lower league clubs in the northwest for trials.

Oldham Athletic has offered for four of our players to be invited into the Academy during September in order to: train with the teams, see what a club training environment is like, test their ability against players who have been signed by a professional club and enable the boys to sample first-hand what level they need in order to compete.

Overall the showcase event was a great success for the Edukick Manchester Academy, enabling players to have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability and giving five players the opportunity to progress on to further trials or training!

Follow the news and Facebook updates in the coming weeks to see more about those who are taking these opportunities.

Want to join us for the next Manchester showcase in October? Email us now to book!

Christian Cantero Makes International Selection

EduKick Manchester Alumnus Scores!

EduKick Manchester is proud to announce that last month, one of our former players and students Christian Cantero, was chosen to play for his national side, Puerto Rico in a friendly with Canada in Bayamon.

Christian spent two years with the EduKick Manchester program, proving himself to be one of the most committed players while he was there.


Christian did very well in his schooling and returned the following year to the UK (with our partner college Myerscough) to earn his degree in sports coaching. He played with a local team in order to keep up his football training.

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Soon after Christian returned home and started playing again, national selectors noticed him. The game against Canada was a great achievement for Christian, representing his home country in the game he loves.

On sharing this great news with EduKick Christian said: “This one goes for you and what I’ve learned through you guys.”


“This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved if a player works hard, and that its hard work and commitment that can get you there.” – Edukick Manchester Director Mick Brennan

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A Great Game Starts in the Gym!

Want to see some soccer players pushing themselves in physical training? At EduKick Madrid Football Academy, working out in the gym is as important to your game as footy skills.

Not only that, but we encourage you to improve your Spanish language skills and develop a strong academic foundation. To be great, this is all part of the game. Learn more here.

Another EduKick Alum Goes Pro


Every season, it seems we discover more EduKick grads finding their way into professional soccer. Today, it’s Charlie Butte of Belmont, Massachusetts.

Charlie, age 22, is an American who trained at EduKick Madrid in the 2010/2011 academic year.

He returned to the USA to play for Iona College in New York. After several trials in Germany, he recently signed for Sportfreunde Siegen.

Congratulations, Charlie!

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Pro-Soccer Players Were EduKick Grads

EduKick Alumni Turned Pros

Ever wondered what EduKick International Football Academies (EIFA) alumni are up to? So were we. Take a moment to look at all the fantastic soccer players around the world who started at an EduKick Academy.

Davide Somma
David Somma is an alumnus of EduKick Madrid Football Academy. At the moment he is a free agent in the United States working hard on his game through a professional physical conditioning program.

While he was in England, he made a big impact, soon becoming a regular first team squad member of the English Championship club Leeds United FC. Having been born in South Africa, Somma made his full international debut with the South African Men’s National Team in a game opposing the United States team.

Next up in our lines of successful alumni is Eric Behrens, the German goalkeeper who displayed his talented goalkeeping while attending EduKick Manchester Football Academy in 2013 at age 16.

Eric now shows off his hard work and excellent skills for the English Championship side, Derby County F.C.

EduKick Manchester Academy is where he caught the attention of coaches at Manchester City Youth Academy. After training with Manchester City for a while, he then attended a trial with Aston Villa. In the end, Eric was offered a professional contract with Derby County FC after a very successful trial.


Miguel Hamutenya from Namibia, Africa is another EduKick alumi who is now playing professionally. In his case, the Norwegian 2nd division club Strommen FC has recently re-signed a deal to keep him on for one more year.

Directly after EduKick, Miguel signed a professional contract with Bnei Sakhnin of the Israel Premier League. After one successful season there, he then signed a contract subject to a successful work permit application with Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish premier division. Since the work permit was turned down he had to discontinue with the Scottish Champions at the time.

He has now landed in Norway where he has established himself as a key member of Strommen FC.

Sam Zimmerman

EduKick England alum Sam Zimmermann is currently representing his native Lichtenstein National U21.

Through EduKick Manchester’s awesome connections, he was able to obtain a trial with English Championship professional team Peterborough FC. They asked him to return for a another trial during their pre-season training, but Sam returned home to Switzerland in order to complete his education, signing instead with FC Emmenbrücke for a time.

Once again performing high above the rest, Sam moved on to the Swiss 3rd division professional club SC Kriens representing their U21 squad. Sam is now with the Lichtenstein national squad at a training camp.

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Matt Sanner, an American from Indiana, USA is an EduKick Alumni who is currently playing professionally for BK Bodens FC of the Swedish 2nd division.

Matt and fellow alumnus Conti Kolokotronis attended EduKick Madrid Elite Camp together, and both have turned pro! (See Conti’s blurb below.)

After attending the intense Elite Camp, Matt completed his Ivy League education at Princeton University and played center forward. Attacking Midfield for the prestigious school.

American, Constantine Kolokotronis from Sacramento, California is an EduKick Madrid alumnus. He now plays professionally in the Greek 2nd Division for Vyzas Megaron F.C.

Kolokotronis is a Greek-American, and signed his first professional contract, in August 2013, after initially attending the EduKick Madrid Elite Camp, in the summer of 2010 and EduKick Madrid Academy Program, in 2011.


“It really is wonderful to see so many of our alumni fulfilling their potential and achieving their football dreams. We are very proud to have played a part in their football development. We are also very happy that our professional trial programs can provide our aspiring young professional footballers with genuine exposure opportunities to the professional level of the game.” – EduKick G.M. Jon Morgan

Another EduKick England alumnus, Nazar Kmit from Ukraine, is playing professionally in the Ukraine 2nd Division for FC Skala.

Nazar earned a trial at Preston North End, of the English Football League 1st Division, while at EduKick England and continued working towards his dream of playing soccer/football professionally once he returned home.

After completing a successful trial at FC Skala, Nazar has moved from their youth team level to being a vital player on their senior squad.

“We had two goals coming into this program: find a safe, hospitable, loving, professional environment that would allow a young kid to learn and experience the ins and outs of becoming a professional football player. Secondly, to secure some reputable relationships with UK teams and professionals that we could leverage for the 2014 season that would trend us down the path of scholarship football in a professional football setting. In my opinion, I think both of those goals exceeded our expectations and I owe it to you guys (EduKick) for helping us find our way over this last year.” – Sean Bredin, father of EduKick player Quinn Bredin, of Canada

After attending EduKick Madrid for three seasons (2010-2013), Japanese student Yuya Matsumoto worked his way onto the highest level Junior academy team of third division Spanish club AD Colmenar.

Yuya has now signed his first professional football contract and represents FK Jezero in the Montenegrin 2nd Division.

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Soccer Training on the EduKick England Pitch

Pass, Patient, Clinical Ball, Goal…

At EduKick Manchester, training on the pitch is intense. Recently, the student-players have been working with Coach Neil in passing, build up play, switching play, being patient and communicating.

So it’s always great to see all that effort by the staff and the players pay off! Check out this goal at Edukick Manchester, in one of the most recent fixtures.

The guys did exactly what they were asked to do. Good work!

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Joao Pereira Coaches EduKick England Players

photoFull name: Joao Luis dos Santos Pereira

Date of birth: 12th December 1991

Country of origin: Angola

Passport: Portuguese

Joao, 22 years old now, joined EduKick Madrid in September 2007 at age 15.

He continued studying at Spanish High School and participating in high-level training with EduKick Madrid technical staff and local Madrid club teams Juventud Sanse and Alcobendas for two more years.

After his Edukick Madrid adventure, Joao took a year away from EduKick before returning to experience Edukick England Academy’s One Year Program.

I am very excited about the opportunity to work in the EduKick environment, and I am very keen to share my unique experience with the young Edukick Manchester participants, as a former participant, and hopefully become a role model for them.

I am enjoying my Degree course very much, and I hope to contribute a lot to Football. I have pure passion for coaching and it fits very well with my degree course. Also, the work experience will considerably help my development. – Joao Pereira

During this period Joao became an important part of the squad playing in matches against English professional club academy teams while studying toward a BTEC Sports Science Diploma and completing his English FA level 1 coaching program.

The Sports Science Program and Coaching Course sparked interest in Joao so much that when he returned to Angola, where he continued to study Sports Science.

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Now, back in the UK, he is studying a Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University, for the MMU-CHESHIRE Campus based in Crewe, UK. The main focus areas of the Degree program are Psychology, Biomechanics and Physiology.

It was great to meet Joao again and to see how well he has been developing his career.

We are delighted to have him with us – this time on the staff side – and hope he can benefit tremendously from the work experience, as well as offer our participants his knowledge and experience.

One of our goals when participants arrive is to work with them to define a career path that includes academics, in case that dream of becoming a professional player does not happen. We know that can be very difficult and only happens for a small percentage of players.

So it is great to have Joao with us as a shining example of how you can have a career built around sports, if you make the right decisions regarding your career path and include academics. – Mick Brennan Edukick England Academy Manager

Joao has continued his coaching education and will be started his English FA Level 2 Program shortly.

Joao will be spending April & May visiting the current EduKick Manchester program twice per week to assist our staff both in the classroom and on the pitch.

This will help him to gain valuable work experience with an option to return for the full 2014/15 season to become part of the EduKick Manchester support staff.

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