Francisco in Europe
IHM Football Academy recently hosted the final football showcase event of 2018 in Manchester. 52 players took part. Over the past three years many players have been identified at our showcase events to go forward for trials with professional and semi-professional clubs. The most recent showcase event was no exception with Francisco from Portugal being highlighted by one of our regular scouts.
Francisco had been with us at the academy for a short course, studying English and taking part in the football academy. Francisco is one of our older players at age 23.
During the showcase event Francisco stood out not only with his ability on the ball but how mature he was in his decision making. His attitude and ambition shone through.
Francisco only had to wait just 1 day before the first scout came calling. Francisco met the scout to discuss the opportunity to go to Italy or Finland on trials. This would be a great first step on the ladder of a playing career in Europe for Francisco. The aim for him would be to target one of the top flight clubs in Finland or a Serie B team in Italy.
Mick Brennan, Director of the Football Academy said “this is a great and real opportunity for Francisco to progress on in the game, that’s the reason he came here to us in Manchester. To be spotted by the scouts is fantastic and the chance to trial at a high level in Europe doesn’t come round every day. We wish him all the best. In the short time Francisco was with us he’s shown his ability and determination to progress and has stood out in the training and games. It’s always a delight to see someone get an opportunity like this and we will try to assist and support him all we can to achieve the most he can.”
Watch out for more information in the coming months on Francisco.