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Decision Day!

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 08:04 PM
DECISION DAY! It’s been a busy day in the UK Football Trials office, the team have been contacting scouts, parents and every one of the 355 players who attended our trials last week! 47 of those players received the news that they have had their details taken by scouts, totalling 58 opportunities with pro and semi pro clubs. Over the course of last week the team travelled to London, Birmingham and Manchester in the hope of helping many players get a foot on the footballing ladder...
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Ramone Blackett, Aged 21, Exclusive Interview

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 08:02 PM
Former Manchester United winger Ramone Blackett, brother of defender Tyler, is set for a week-long trial with Barnsley in July. Ahead of his return to football next month, we caught up with Ramone as he told us about his journey and the struggles he’s faced to get to where he is today. “I was at Man United for 8 years which were amazing, then one year, at the end of season review meeting, they told me they weren’t going to keep me on. I was devastated, Man United are the biggest club in the world and I didn’t know where to go from there, I’d been there my whole life. But in football you have to have a strong mindset because that’s part of it, so I was just focussed on finding somewhere new and playing football again.” Despite having to come to terms with his release from Manchester United, it wasn’t long until Ramone was back playing football again...
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"The Search" Is Launched

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 08:00 PM
Summer Trials - The UK's Biggest Ever Chance To Be Scouted By A Football Club
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NEW Scotland Trials

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:58 PM
For the first time ever, Scottish footballers will be given the chance to join “The Search” and be a part of UK Football Trials’ hunt for undiscovered talent. Players from the ages of 10 to 28 will be given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and step out on to the pitch at Falkirk Stadium, which holds close to 9,000 spectators. The stadium is home to last year’s Scottish Cup finalists Falkirk FC, who play in the Scottish Championship. An academy level coaching session followed by a match on the Falkirk Pitch will give trialists the chance to impress scouts from Scotland and Northern England, ranging from the Scottish Premiership and English Championship, through to the semi-professional tiers. Taking a successful model from England which has seen pro and semi club scouts taking details of 110 players at trials so far in 2015, scouts will be able to contact players who impress, giving them the dream chance of a trial at a pro club...
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Marco Fryad, Aged 11, Returns For More Manchester City Training

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:55 PM
Marko Fyrad at just 11 years old and from Norway has impressed at his recent Man City trial. After starring at the UKFT trials in February and May, Marco was called for trial and impressed the club who have requested him back. We asked UKFT & Man City Academy coach John Fenton how he got on – “Marko did very well on his first session with Manchester City and I can reveal he has been invited back to train and play with the elite boys in September or October.” This is exciting news for Marko - a pacey left winger who scored a staggering 118 goals in his last season for his club. We asked his dad what his secret is and what advice he’d give to other players looking to make it – “Marko first kicked a ball at 4-years-old and the very first time he kicked it I thought “wow”. He had a natural ability straight away but he lives football - he trains almost every day and is always watching games on TV, watching tricks on YouTube, it’s all he does...
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The Team Returns From Bermuda

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:53 PM
he coaching team at UKFT including a top 4 Premier League scout have just returned from the first leg of “The Search” in Bermuda. In a fantastic week of trials the team were given an incredibly warm welcome and enjoyed the amazing weather as well as the facilities of the National stadium. Working with over 100 players, the standard was extremely high with a number of players catching the eye...
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Ramone Blackett, Aged 21, Trial with Barnsley

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:51 PM
UK Football Trialist Ramone Blackett, brother of Manchester United defender Tyler, has returned from a week-long trial with Barnsley Football Club. Blackett, 21, attended our Manchester trial in February this year and impressed on the day, attracting attention from a number of clubs. The winger formerly of Man United, Wigan and Blackpool, recently spent a week with League One Barnsley, where he was put through his paces with the u21 squad. Despite being told they wouldn’t be signing him, Blackett gained some valuable experience from his trial and spoke to us about his week at Oakwell. “It was great, I really enjoyed it and thought I did well,” he said. “I was mostly with the u21’s for the week, although there was some First Team interest but nothing came of it. Typically I got there for around 09.30am for a 10.30am start, and we’d go until 2pm, sometimes 4pm depending on what we were doing. We did a lot of fitness as it’s still pre-season...
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Kyle van der Walt, Aged 13, Trials With Two Football League Clubs

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:49 PM
Kyle van der Walt, who recently moved to the UK from South Africa, has been training with Rochdale FC after impressing at the Manchester trial in May. The 13-year-old striker, who played to a high level in South Africa, is also set for a week-long trial with Accrington Stanley in August. Kyle’s favoured position is as a lone striker, although he can also play in the number 10 role or on either wing. He trains 5 times a week with various clubs and coaching academies. His Father said: “Kyle trains all the time, as much as he can. He goes running every morning and works a lot on core skills – he’s very committed...
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Laurence Vaughan, Aged 17, Three Week Gillingham FC Trial

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:45 PM
Laurence Vaughan, 17, is currently on trial with League One side Gillingham FC, after impressing at our Essex trial earlier in May. Laurence, who was with MK Dons for 5 years, displayed great dribbling, passing and exceptional crossing ability during his stint on the left wing. “When I was at MK Dons they took care of my training really, but since I was released I’ve had to do it all myself. Every day I go up to the local astro pitch or the park and do fitness work. I time my runs, push ups, sit ups, etc and work with the ball too, to make it more realistic.” "My UK Football Trial was very good...
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Rhys Maddocks, Aged 10, Trial with Bristol Rovers

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:44 PM
10-year-old Rhys Maddocks is set for a week’s trial with newly promoted Bristol Rovers, who will play this season in Football League 2. Rhys attended our Swansea trial earlier in the year and impressed enough to receive attention from 4 clubs on the day. The tricky right midfielder is set to train with Rovers’ academy in August. Rhys, currently of Swansea City academy, trains several times a week in order to keep developing and maintain fitness levels...
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UK Football Trials Comes To The South West

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:43 PM
FOOTBALLER’S from the South West are set to be given a dream opportunity to make it as a professional footballer, as UK Football Trials travels to Plymouth. After many requests from you in the last few months, we will be holding a football trial at Marjon University in Plymouth, providing players from Devon and Cornwall with the best ever chance to to be scouted by a professional football club. On Friday, August 28, players will be able to emulate their footballing heroes with an academy style training session, taken by pro club coaches, before getting the chance to play a match in front of scouts from the Premier League through to semi pro...
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Trial Opportunity For Winger Who Refused To Give Up

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:41 PM
Vagnol Kediambiko, 20, attended two trials in 2015 and it was the second time around he was scouted by Newcastle Town FC. He attended a training session and played 45 minutes in a trial match for the semi pro side. Vagnol has previously trialed for Stevenage and trained with a Barnet FC development squad...
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Harry Shillington, Aged 10, Secures Two Trials

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:40 PM
Harry Shillington, 10, has landed trials with Brentford FC of the Championship and League One side Millwall FC. An agile attacker, Harry's ability with both feet means he's able to play in any of the forward positions, but prefers attacking midfield or striker...
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August Trials - Amazing Success

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:38 PM
The UK Football Trials team have returned to the office after a UK tour traveling over 2,100 miles for the last two weeks, in search of undiscovered talent. 641 players have had the opportunity to impress scouts from International Level, Premier League, SPL, Championship, League 1, League 2 and semi pro football across the UK this summer. Decisions are sent out via email on September 5th and scouted players will be called on the phone...
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Decision Day!

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:37 PM
he UK Football Trials office team are now in the process of sending out the decisions to all of the trial players from the August football trials. Players will start to receive emails from 3 pm today and we should be finished by 8pm! Selected players will be called by Harry, Jim and Kai and if they cannot get through to you - they will send an email with the outcomes...
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Romedi Llapi, Aged 13, Training with Manchester City

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:36 PM
K Football Trials are delighted to announce that Manchester City have taken one of our players in for a six-week training programme with the academy. Romedi Llapi, 13, flew over from Canada this August especially to attend our football trials and followed our team all over the country. The defensive midfielder, who was ranked in the top 12 from 5,000 children in Toronto...
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Zac Smith, Aged 14, Signed by Gillingham FC

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:34 PM
In May this year we brought you the news that Zachary Smith, 14, was set for a trial with pro club Gillingham, after he was spotted at our trials last Easter. Now, we are delighted to announce that he is set to sign a one year contract with the club, playing for both the u15's and the u16's for the 2015/16 season...
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Maclean Simpson, Aged 17, Trial with Woking

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:28 PM
Simpson, originally for Australia, moved over to the UK earlier this year in the hope of finding a club in England after finding his opportunities limited at home. He attended trials in Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland before finally getting spotted at his final trial of the Summer in Plymouth...
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Former Chelsea and Charlton Player Lands Tooting & Mitcham Chance!

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:26 PM
After attending three football trials with us in August, Ola has already been in for a session with Ryman league side Tooting and Mitcham Utd. Trials in West London, Essex and South London saw him receive interest from three clubs in total, including a League 2 side. As a schoolboy, Ola had a six-week trial with Chelsea, before eventually signing for Charlton where he played for two years...
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Striker Turns Down Scholarship Opportunity

Published Thursday 14th of January 2016 07:23 PM
Elias, a former Wycombe Wanderers academy prospect, was invited in for a trial with Ryman League Premier Division side Farnborough FC after impressing at our West London trial in August. The striker scored in a 45 minute run-out for the u18's, before being offered a scholarship which he went on to refuse...
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