The progression of Moulton College’s football academy has delighted course manager Luke Graham over the summer so far with hard work paying off for students in all aspects of the course.
After winning the category 2A East Midlands league, Moulton Men’s 1 have had their place confirmed in the ‘Premier League’ of College football and will be participating in Category 1 Group 4.
Two departing second year students Solomon Janecki and Rhys Watkins, who both played a key part in the title winning side, have been training with Brackley Town u21’s during pre-season training.
Current second year student representative, James Maddison, has been training with local UCL side Sileby Rangers FC’s first team. Whilst the current 2015/2016 ‘footballer of the year’ Cory Voysey looks poised to join a major worldwide soccer team, Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Canada at the end of his two year programme with us.
During a big recruitment drive during the last academic year, several potential new recruits have been identified and accepted conditional offers with the College for next year. An open day trial on July 15th 2016 gave students an early chance to impress the football academy coaching staff.
Within the latest talented crop, Luke has selected some of them to trial at local sides such as Kettering Town FC and Wellingborough Town FC to help aid their development. One player, Callum Willimont, made his debut for Kettering Town’s first team at the tender age of just 16 years old in a recent preseason friendly, which goes to show if you are good enough then you are old enough.
These are massive steps forward having U18’s players accelerated into U81’s/ first team football and the College now have credible links with local semi-professional sides. It also shows that if a football academy student is willing to work hard as a student and footballer then they will be given fantastic opportunities to progress outside of the College as well.
We as a coaching staff adhere to create an environment where you can learn, enjoy and improve as students, footballers and ultimately people. These shared values have all been gained through our experiences in sport, football and life. They will be using them to challenge each other to create the best possible environment for you to perform and fulfil your potential. The staff will ask you as a group (as with family, friends or work colleagues) to ensure you challenge them on these values wherever appropriate.
This philosophy created by course manager Luke Graham over a year ago has started to rub off on the student’s education as well with seven second year students moving on to higher education. Four of those students will be staying on at the College to start a foundation performance and coaching degree in September. It is anticipated there will be a higher education football programme in place by September 2017 which will give students a chance to continue their progress with us.
For further information regarding Moulton College Football Academy please contact Luke Graham on 01604 641131 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on twitter @Moultonsports