Football Showcase Event
Showcase your Football Skills to Pro-Club Scouts & Representatives
Train and play to demonstrate your football ability in front of official scouts and club representatives from a range of football clubs from the north west of England. All levels of club will be represented; from Premier League down to semi-professional and non-league clubs. In addition, representatives from established scouting organisations, working for clubs across the UK and overseas, will also be in attendance and looking for talented players.
- minimum age – 11
- Next showcase – April 2019 – date coming soon!
- Time – 11am – 4pm
- Venue – Ten Acre Lane Sports Complex, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester, M40 2SP
- Cost £45.00
How is a Showcase Event different from a Trial?
A showcase is either a full or half day event where you can play and train in front of invited scouts and club representatives from clubs of all levels. Should you perform at a high enough level you may be invited to the club training ground for a trial.
What if I get chosen?
Any player whose details are requested by a pro or semi-professional club will be invited to a trial. You will be contacted as soon as possible by a member of our team. We will not share your personal details with anyone without first gaining express permission from the player (if over 18) or a parent for those under 18.
Should you be selected for a club trial then the club will contact you once your details have been shared, to arrange the details of your visit. In some cases clubs may ask us to liaise with you in order to arrange such a visit.
What happens at a club trial?
A club trial can take many different formats and will vary from club to club. Some clubs will invite players to train with their youth academy. This allows them to observe how a player measures up against those players who have already been signed. Some clubs have “shadow squads” or “development squads” which run alongside their academy cohort. These squads may act as feeders into the main academy squad. So players may be invited to these sessions, too. In summary, a club trial gives a player a more extended opportunity to showcase their skill directly to a club’s coaching personnel, on their premises to see if the opinion of the scout concurs with that of the club.
Some clubs track players during the season that they have spotted at a Showcase event. If they feel a player is worth watching, but haven’t got any suitable vacancies or feel that the player is currently not at a high enough level, they may send regional scouts to watch them in a competitive match play situation. Should such a trial be requested, we would inform the player and / or his parents or guardians.
What can I expect from the day?
Timetable of the Day (subject to change)
10.45 hrs Arrive at Ten Acres Lane Sports Complex for registration.
11.00 hrs Welcome from Head Coach & Lead coaches, Split into groups and Numbered bib issued (please ensure you keep the numbered bib on at all times, with number showing, this identifies you)
11.10 hrs Warm up in groups and Fitness/SAQ work
11.25 hrs Coaching Session begins
12.00 hrs Short break (please ensure you have a water bottle with you on the day)
12.10 hrs Coaching session continues with small sided games
12.45 hrs Lunch Break (please bring a packed lunch)
13.15 hrs Afternoon coaching session begins
14.00 hrs Small Sided Games begin for U14’s (older age groups continue session)
15.00 hrs 11 V 11 games for older age groups (younger age groups sessions on grass or sports hall)
16.00 hrs Finish with group feedback
Please Remember to Bring With You:
· Full football kit, shin pads, boots (trainers for astro and boots grass) & water bottle
· Passport (with current valid UK visa if non EU)
· Completed Booking Form if you haven’t sent this to us already (Signed Parental Permission + parents’ contact details)
· Packed lunch and drinks for the day
Players who succeed in impressing the scouts will be invited to further trials with specific clubs.
If you would like to register your interest in the April showcase or you have a question please contact us here!
April Showcase Event
Should a non EU visa student be successful in being scouted by a professional or amateur club in the UK, it would be the responsibility of the club and the individual player to ensure that they have secured the relevant UK work visa and permissions for this.