03 Jul Stronger Recruitment for Football Academy
With a look to the future as Head of the Football Academy at SGS College, David Hockaday has detailed the importance on placing a larger emphasis on recruitment for the football teams in the college.
This season there will be trials for new recruits as early as October and again at Christmas, before further trials in February and Easter. Then there will also be a few pick-ups in the summer from the professional clubs.
Since his arrival late last year, David is in no doubt that the Football Academy at SGS College is an integral place to help talented footballers make their way into the professional game.
“If for whatever reason; size, injuries, late development, that a young player hasn’t quite made it, this is the best place you can come that is out there.
“Here you get an A-licensed coach, who has coached in the Premiership, the Championship, League One and League Two who has a great success rate at producing a lot of players for the professional game.
“We have got championship quality facilities and we play in two very competitive leagues.
“We are going to be playing pro-teams in pre-season and we are going to host an international tournament next summer. We are constantly putting people in the shop window as well as giving them top class coaching every day of the week.
This is the best place to come to, not just academically, but certainly football-wise. We also have a lot of games as we run five teams. It is an absolutely a no-brainer to come here.
“If I was a young lad and a first or second division team made me an offer, I would still come here as you are available to every club and as soon as somebody shows an interest and is the right move, then will let you go and get somebody else.
“Also you get an education here and we will ensure that your academic education is continued if you move to a professional club. Also we will make sure that the team you are signing for are doing it for the right reasons and that there is a pathway into their first team. “