Over 45 aspiring young footballers attended Strachan Football Foundation trials at Rugby Town JFC, Kilsby Lane Training Ground. A full three day trial experience was put together for the young people to gain an insight into life within the Foundation.
Dan Elliott, Founder and Director of Strachan Football Foundation, said: “We have a had a busy but very successful three days, the lads involved have worked extremely hard and given myself and the coaching staff a number of difficult decisions to make.
“The real positive is the distance people have travelled for the trials we had lads from Birmingham, Milton Keynes , Coventry and even as far afield as Glasgow just goes to show how the Foundation has grown, the feedback from the trialists was very positive and just goes to show that we have a very professional organisation with a growing reputation within the football world, providing full time education and first class training, giving young people a great opportunity to develop a career in the football industry.”
The trials were designed to provide each trialist with a real experience of how the Foundation works on a daily basis , highlighting the commitment required and demonstrating the standard of coaching each player will receive.
SFF in partnership with Heart of England Training have put together a package of sport and football coaching qualifications which will help young people develop a pathway for a career in the football industry which would replace college or 6th form. The foundation has also set up links with coaching companies and Colleges in the USA to assist in providing scholarships and outcomes for players when leaving the Foundation.
Head of football George Mackie commented: “ We are very happy with the standard of players we have had within the trials, it looks like 2013/14 could be the most successful season to date as there were some lads with some real talent on display throughout the three days. I am also very happy with the contribution of the SFF apprentices who helped facilitate the trials, they were professional and organised from 9.00am on day one to 5pm on day three, a very successful three days”
The week ended with Strachan Football Foundation playing Irish Premier League side University College Dublin (UCD) a team consisting.