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EduKick Manchester – Training from the Pros!

EduKick Manchester Academy students were recently invited to participate as a squad in the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA) UEFA B license coaching course. The PFA organization takes care of all current and ex-professional players – providing opportunities and support during and after their careers. A number of current and ex-professional players were participating in […]

| March 10th, 2014 | Continued

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EduKick Manchester Independent Living!

EduKick Manchester Academy offers long term stay participants aged 18+ the opportunity to live independently at a student residence. The residence is conveniently located only a 15-25 minute journey by public transport from our school located in the center of Manchester. Even more conveniently, it’s located just a few minutes’ walk from our training facilities. […]

| March 7th, 2014 | Continued

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EduKick Germany Soccer Academy to Open in 2014

EduKick has announced another new program! This time it’s a new soccer academy opening in Germany, in 2014. As with the other EduKick Academies around the world, EduKick Germany will focus on training international players in both excellent soccer skills and language training by UEFA licensed professional German coaches. The new EduKick Germany student-players will […]

| December 31st, 2013 | Continued

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EduKick Madrid Announces Girl’s Football Academy

EduKick Madrid Soccer Academy invites FEMALE Soccer Players to attend their Residential Academic & Soccer Development Courses. The EduKick Madrid Soccer Academy combines education (both secondary and Spanish language study) with daily, intense Spanish football training led by the family of the former Spanish Men’s National Team Coach Luis Aragones. EduKick Madrid is directed by […]

| November 22nd, 2013 | Continued

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EduKick Madrid’s New Female Soccer Program

EIFA EduKick International Football Academies recently announced their EduKick Madrid Training for Girls. Now, female soccer players from 13 to 24 years old are coming from all over in the world (EduKick provides Student Visa support) to join this new addition to the EduKick family. Watch this video of Ashley, full time monitor and assistant […]

| November 22nd, 2013 | Continued

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Welcome Back Ray Kezembe!

Ray Kezembe, who has been absent for a while, is coming back to EduKick Manchester once again.

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Alcalá Cup Highlights with EduKick Spain

Watch the highlights from the Alcalá Cup along side EduKick Spain students. Ready to take your soccer playing to the next level? Then training with EduKick Madrid may be the right fit for you! Find out more here!

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Soccer Training and Coaching Experience: Joao’s Story

photoFull name: Joao Luis dos Santos Pereira

Date of birth: 12th December 1991

Country of origin: Angola

Passport: Portuguese

Joao, 22 years old now, joined EduKick Madrid in September 2007 at age 15.

He continued studying at Spanish High School and participating in high-level training with EduKick Madrid technical staff and local Madrid club teams Juventud Sanse and Alcobendas for two more years.

After his Edukick Madrid adventure, Joao took a year away from EduKick before returning to experience Edukick England Academy’s One Year Program.

I am very excited about the opportunity to work in the EduKick environment, and I am very keen to share my unique experience with the young Edukick Manchester participants, as a former participant, and hopefully become a role model for them.

I am enjoying my Degree course very much, and I hope to contribute a lot to Football. I have pure passion for coaching and it fits very well with my degree course. Also, the work experience will considerably help my development. – Joao Pereira

During this period Joao became an important part of the squad playing in matches against English professional club academy teams while studying toward a BTEC Sports Science Diploma and completing his English FA level 1 coaching program.

The Sports Science Program and Coaching Course sparked interest in Joao so much that when he returned to Angola, where he continued to study Sports Science.

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Now, back in the UK, he is studying a Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University, for the MMU-CHESHIRE Campus based in Crewe, UK. The main focus areas of the Degree program are Psychology, Biomechanics and Physiology.

It was great to meet Joao again and to see how well he has been developing his career.

We are delighted to have him with us – this time on the staff side – and hope he can benefit tremendously from the work experience, as well as offer our participants his knowledge and experience.

One of our goals when participants arrive is to work with them to define a career path that includes academics, in case that dream of becoming a professional player does not happen. We know that can be very difficult and only happens for a small percentage of players.

So it is great to have Joao with us as a shining example of how you can have a career built around sports, if you make the right decisions regarding your career path and include academics. – Mick Brennan Edukick England Academy Manager

Joao has continued his coaching education and will be started his English FA Level 2 Program shortly.

Joao will be spending April & May visiting the current EduKick Manchester program twice per week to assist our staff both in the classroom and on the pitch.

This will help him to gain valuable work experience with an option to return for the full 2014/15 season to become part of the EduKick Manchester support staff.

Ready to take your soccer playing to the next level?
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Ashley Lehr Thrives as EduKick Assistant & AD Colmenar Player

Ashley Lehr

Ashley Lehr is a young American soccer player who is now residing with and assisting EduKick International Football Academies (EIFA) new all-girls program in Madrid, Spain.

While she grew up playing youth soccer in Erie, Pennsylvania, she is now a recent college graduate working as Assistant Director of International Students at EduKick Madrid Football & Education Academy

She’s also playing women’s “futbol” competitively in the Spanish Capital.

After living the female EduKick Madrid experience myself, I highly recommend it to any female footballer who is willing to jump out of her comfort zone and into a new cultural immersion of football and Spanish. – Ashley Lehr

EduKick Madrid is a football & education academy residential boarding school for young competitive soccer players from 13 to 24 years of age who want to live, study and play soccer abroad in Spain.

Lehr recently attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where she earned a double major in Managerial Economics and Spanish, playing all four years – and excelling in – collegiate soccer.

In 2012, she was awarded First-Team All-Conference and named team captain. All-Conference Honorable Mention as North Coast Athletic Conference Co-Champions was hers in 2011, and in 2010 her squad made the first round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.

Lehr joined EduKick Madrid in October of 2013 to promote and assist in directing the new EduKick Madrid Women’s Football Academy Program. This new “girls only” program is an education and football development year-long course designed for competitive female soccer players from 13-24 years old who want to continue their academic education in Madrid.

Lehr lives in a private dorm room in the same hallway as the girls and helps them with everything from academic organization to birthday parties to training sessions, where she assists in the coaching.

Working with EduKick Madrid this year has been an inspiring challenge, which has already taught me many new skills. Since the student-athletes who attend EduKick Madrid come from very different cultural backgrounds, it is an adjustment for all of them to be surrounded by new people and to be in a new environment. Fortunately, the main reason we are all here is for football, and football is powerful in itself; it unites us and reminds us that we are all here for the same reasons — to play, to improve, and to enjoy the game. Football is our universal language and through a caring staff and a common love for football, we are all continuously growing as students, players, and people. – Ashley Lehr

As EduKick Madrid expands their football and education courses to women, more female participants will be taking advantage of this opportunity previously only offered to male soccer players around the world. All of the participating female will have the opportunity to play with a local Spanish female team, Lehr had the opportunity to play with the Colmenar Viejo Femenino women’s team.

My experience has been absolutely fantastic, as it has allowed me to be immersed in Spanish culture, learn and practice the Spanish language, and continue playing football in a competitive women’s league. Since I have actually lived the experience of a future EduKick Madrid woman participant, I highly recommend it to any female who is devoted to football. – Ashley Lehr

As for Lehr’s future, she knows where she’s going both academically and professionally.

In the short run, I hope to study a Masters of Business Administration in Sports Management in Madrid and continue to better the educational and football experience with our EduKick participants. In the long run, my goal is to be a Director of an athletic program, possibly at a university or for a professional team in the United States.

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Click here to learn more about EduKick International Football Academies (EIFA) and EduKick Madrid Female Football Academy. Or call us anytime at 1.866.338.5425 or Internationally 001.905.469-5661.

Soccer Training for Fall of 2014!

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Looking To Next Season

It might be seem a long way off, but the weeks until fall registration are flying by.

Already we’ve had high levels of interest in next season’s programs. Potential players are requesting information and getting ready for registration. While this is great news, at this point we are still prioritizing our current players, but be on the lookout for more news on next season!

If you’ve been thinking about joining one of our many exciting academies, then now is the time to contact us and get your free information as soon as possible.

The benefits of booking early

Claim your squad number first
Meet with and secure your Host Family/Accommodation early
Arrange any paperwork for your Visa to avoid any delays
Work with the coaches/tutors now to get ahead of the game for next season (current students)
Attend the re season coaching sessions & extra trial session (current students)
And much more!

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EduKick Alumni Turning Pro Around the World

EduKick Soccer Pros

Ever wondered what EduKick International Football Academies (EIFA) alumni are up to? So were we. Take a moment to look at all the fantastic soccer players around the world who started at an EduKick Academy.

David Somma
Let’s begin with David Somma. David Somma is an alumnus of EduKick Madrid Football Academy. At the moment he is a free agent in the United States working hard on his game through a professional physical conditioning program.

While he was in England, he made a big impact, soon becoming a regular first team squad member of the English Championship club Leeds United FC. Having been born in South Africa, Somma made his full international debut with the South African Men’s National Team in a game opposing the United States team.

Eric Brehmens

Next up in our lines of successful alumni is Eric Behrens, the German goalkeeper who displayed his talented goalkeeping while attending EduKick Manchester Football Academy in 2013 at age 16.

Eric now shows off his hard work and excellent skills for the English Championship side, Derby County F.C.

EduKick Manchester Academy is where he caught the attention of coaches at Manchester City Youth Academy. After training with Manchester City for a while, he then attended a trial with Aston Villa. In the end, Eric was offered a professional contract with Derby County FC after a very successful trial.


Miguel Hamutenya from Namibia, Africa is another EduKick alumi who is now playing professionally. In his case, the Norwegian 2nd division club Strommen FC has recently re-signed a deal to keep him on for one more year.

Directly after EduKick, Miguel signed a professional contract with Bnei Sakhnin of the Israel Premier League. After one successful season there, he then signed a contract subject to a successful work permit application with Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish premier division. Since the work permit was turned down he had to discontinue with the Scottish Champions at the time.

He has now landed in Norway where he has established himself as a key member of Strommen FC.

Sam Zimmerman

EduKick England alum Sam Zimmermann is currently representing his native Lichtenstein National U21.

Through EduKick Manchester’s awesome connections, he was able to obtain a trial with English Championship professional team Peterborough FC. They asked him to return for a another trial during their pre-season training, but Sam returned home to Switzerland in order to complete his education, signing instead with FC Emmenbrücke for a time.

Once again performing high above the rest, Sam moved on to the Swiss 3rd division professional club SC Kriens representing their U21 squad. Sam is now with the Lichtenstein national squad at a training camp.

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Matt Sanner, an American from Indiana, USA is an EduKick Alumni who is currently playing professionally for BK Bodens FC of the Swedish 2nd division.

Matt and fellow alumnus Conti Kolokotronis attended EduKick Madrid Elite Camp together, and both have turned pro! (See Conti’s blurb below.)

After attending the intense Elite Camp, Matt completed his Ivy League education at Princeton University and played center forward. Attacking Midfield for the prestigious school.

American, Constantine Kolokotronis from Sacramento, California is an EduKick Madrid alumnus. He now plays professionally in the Greek 2nd Division for Vyzas Megaron F.C.

Kolokotronis is a Greek-American, and signed his first professional contract, in August 2013, after initially attending the EduKick Madrid Elite Camp, in the summer of 2010 and EduKick Madrid Academy Program, in 2011.


“It really is wonderful to see so many of our alumni fulfilling their potential and achieving their football dreams. We are very proud to have played a part in their football development. We are also very happy that our professional trial programs can provide our aspiring young professional footballers with genuine exposure opportunities to the professional level of the game.” – EduKick G.M. Jon Morgan

Another EduKick England alumnus, Nazar Kmit from Ukraine, is playing professionally in the Ukraine 2nd Division for FC Skala.

Nazar earned a trial at Preston North End, of the English Football League 1st Division, while at EduKick England and continued working towards his dream of playing soccer/football professionally once he returned home.

After completing a successful trial at FC Skala, Nazar has moved from their youth team level to being a vital player on their senior squad.

“We had two goals coming into this program: find a safe, hospitable, loving, professional environment that would allow a young kid to learn and experience the ins and outs of becoming a professional football player. Secondly, to secure some reputable relationships with UK teams and professionals that we could leverage for the 2014 season that would trend us down the path of scholarship football in a professional football setting. In my opinion, I think both of those goals exceeded our expectations and I owe it to you guys (EduKick) for helping us find our way over this last year.” – Sean Bredin, father of EduKick player Quinn Bredin, of Canada

After attending EduKick Madrid for three seasons (2010-2013), Japanese student Yuya Matsumoto worked his way onto the highest level Junior academy team of third division Spanish club AD Colmenar.

Yuya has now signed his first professional football contract and represents FK Jezero in the Montenegrin 2nd Division.

Are you working toward your goal of becoming the best student-player you can be?

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EduKick Now on Vine!

EduKick is now posting videos on Vine – Twitter’s newest way for us to reach out and share or international soccer and education academy videos with the world.

Check out our Vine channel here!

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EduKick Manchester: February Player of the Month – San Hntamte

DSC09185 200x133Lalsangzuala Hntamte has proved himself on and off the field last month. His BTEC work during class showed his commitment and dedication.

On the field, San has dominated in his efforts to exceed expectations while supporting the team in spite of some minor injuries that occasionally prevented his active involvement.

Great work, San.

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Working toward your goal of becoming the best student-player you can be? For more information call 866.338.5425. or internationally at 001.905.469-5661