In June 2016, I travelled to South Africa. I ran multiple life skills and football sessions within the communities in Durban and Johannesburg with a charity. This was a life changing experience and it taught me a lot at the young age of 17.
What I realised throughout my time in South Africa and when I returned to the UK was the very limited amount of opportunities that the youth have in South Africa. Many of them were able to play football at a high level and did not have a problem taking part in the sessions that I had planned out for them. However, I knew that they would never be able to make it to a professional level; due to the very limited amount of opportunities as aforementioned.
Whilst I don’t have the resources to increase the opportunities the boys in South Africa have, I do have the resources to be able to do so in England where there is also a lack of opportunities for young children wanting to get into professional football.
I am currently working as a football scout for a football agency in England. I have 5 years experience of coaching and scouting at the young age of 21. I know what it takes to be able to make it as a professional footballer and cope with everything that comes with it. However, there aren’t enough people giving the correct advice and mental support to young boys and girls these days in order for them to make the step up to the professional academies and so on. The football industry is a tough one to be a part of and young footballers are often left clueless in an industry which requires much guidance from an early stage.
My aim is to build a football academy which not only gives the correct guidance to make it as a footballer, as many children dream to do, but to also give them guidance to become successful in life. I aim to build a place within the academy where children can improve on their footballing ability with group and 1-to-1 sessions. Another huge part of my aim is to also provide an environment for these children to learn about mental health, learn new life skills and to focus on their education also.
If there are any questions, please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org