a bloke i know told me that one of our scout’s wanted to take a 7 year old into the centre of excellence but was told .. no chance, we only do 8’s, the scout said everton want this lad, so guess where he’s going !!
How bad is that ??
all clubs have development groups for under 8’s and younger, we don’t
all good little un’s get to go to those clubs from 5 onwards, we won’t let them.
Cousins little lad is 5 or 6, and has both United and Liverpool chasing after him. He’s already been training at Liverpool.
Apparently half the Premiership is keeping tabs on him. Not seen him, but supposedly another “Rooney”.
If it were my son? No. I’d say leave him until he’s at least 10. Then he can decide for himself if he enjoys it or not. Ajax take them from that age and give them sensible coaching. The problem is in this country, they sign kids on ‘en-masse’, more to stop other clubs getting hold of them.
Sometimes, the parents see the potential £££’s and basically sell-out, pushing their kids into it. But they could do well to remember Sonny Pike, who was always on TV in the 80’s. A British kid, with a mop of curly hair, who was signed by Ajax. Eventually, in his teens, all the pressure caught up with him and he ended up having a breakdown and giving the game up.
My 3 year old looks fairly promising, but he’s not signing for anybody until he’s at least 7 or 8, and then only a local team playing for FUN.
I cant help but think that its no coincidence that since clubs brought these acadameys and the like in that talents dried up. Kids get fed up and bored and stop putting their all in, then the ones that do and get to a decent age then dont make the grade are lost to the game.
As for these parents a lot of them would be better looking at the likes of us, Bolton, Burnley etc and getting the kid playing and doing well then if they are good enough they will be picked up by a bigger side.
I thought there were rules in place now to stop teams signing up talent from all over. Personally i think they should bring kids in at 11 the same time as secondary school and they should be within 12.5miles of the club. Not only would that be benificial for smaller clubs and the kids but if their was a star kid that the parents wanted to play for a certain team the parents would move making the club sure that the parents would back the kid!
The rumours though are that if the club cant buy christopher park from the council theyll be looking to the outskirts of the borough to set a new training facility including a centre of excellence for younger kids.
I thought there were rules in place now to stop teams signing up talent from all over. Personally i think they should bring kids in at 11 the same time as secondary school and they should be within 12.5miles of the club.
I agree with only signing them when they are older. I have seen many i.e. more than 5 kids picked up but then dropped when older by Liverpool, Blackburn & Man U. There is only one who is professional now and he has signed with Acc Stanley. It really is setting 99% of them up with a fall.
When my lad said he wanted to be a footballer at aged 7 I said no way his second option was to be a surgeon. So he said yeah I’ll be Wigan’s surgeon when they have done their ligaments in :D . He has had this dream for over 3 years now because I told him there is more chance of him becoming a surgeon than the kids in academies becoming professional footballers.
There are kids at his school who are in top club academies, play for Wigan town, their local team and also the school. It is far too much for a 10 year old’s body to cope with, they must play 4-5 games per week plus training. I think their parents need advice on the safety aspect of playing so many games so young(one of them is a coach too so should know better).
I do think there should be an age limit.
I totally oppose the idea of 7 or 8, or even 9 or 10 year olds being “signed up” by anyone.
Let them play football for God’s sake.
Let them dribble, shoot, and everything else that age does when playing football naturally with their mates. Far far far too young to be “Centre of Excellence”
The parents are living THEIR dream, not the kid’s
spot on, as a coach of a local u12s team, whom ive had since u9, ive got to say the so called centres of excellence are the bane of my life.every year they fill parents heads with dreams that will never happen whilst the child doesnt get to play football every sat/sun with the mates hes grown up with.Wigan are the worst.!!!!!!
Did you know that we don’t even have academy status yet? We have a shitty centre of excellence. I mean even Macclesfield Town and Port Vale have an academy. A sign that our first team is out growing our youth me thinks.
Why on earth doesn’t Whelan pump some money into the youth team? Then he won’t have to go out and spend money on good players, they’ll come through the youth ranks. Then if he likes he can sell them on, so everyone’s a winner.