Project Footballer is an ambitious audio and video series that aims to explore the mysterious and wonderful journey of youth football development. It is hosted by Sean Conlon, the CEO of We Make Footballers, and professional coach Marcelo Graca who between them have over 30 years of coaching experience and have helped over 300 children enter academy football. They are both Premier League scouts for clubs Chelsea FC and Tottenham FC. Together, with the help of some of football's most prestigious names, they explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the beautiful game.
Episode 12 - One of the world's top sports lawyers dispels the myths about agents working with academy players
In this episode of Project Footballer, we speak to Daniel Geey. He discusses the do's and don'ts of sports law in youth football. Daniel's clients include Premier League clubs, Champions League football clubs and top agencies. He is an author of multiple books on football contracts and sports law and a partner in the sports group Sheridans. In this fantastic episode, Daniel breaks down what is fact and fiction relating to football agents working with academy players.
Episode 11 - Social Media in Youth Football. What are benefits and what are the dangers?
Social media is prevalent in youth football. Parents are starting accounts for their children at younger and younger ages, but what are the impacts of this? Does it put pressure on the child? Does it make the child focus on the wrong parts of the game? Is there money to be made from your child generating thousands of followers? We speak to Shane O'Brien, a social media expert who has worked with the likes of Ronaldo, Sterling, Ibrahimovic and many more of the top players in the world.
Episode 10 - How much can technique improve? We hear from Isa - The Technical Traininer, one of the best technical coaches in the world.
Isa is regarded as one of the best technical coaches in the world. From his demonstrations, to the explanations and his passion for the game, this is a great listen for anyone looking to help their child become the best player they can be.
Episode 9 - How important is athleticism in football? Academy Scouts discuss!
In this episode, we recap what we have learned from the previous 8 episodes. We push to find the answer to discover 'What is the formula to making a footballer!'
The question we spend the most time discussing is, how important is athleticism? We go down a lot of rabbit holes and really try to answer this question. We don't get an answer and we argue a lot, but there it's certainly a thought-provoking conversation.
Give us your views in the comments below. How important do you think athleticism is to make it as a footballer?
Episode 8 - Jamie Redknapp discusses how much of making it as a footballer is down to nature or nurture.
In this incredible interview Jamie Redknapp gives us the scoop on how his father and uncle developed two of England's best ever midfielders. He also speaks about his own son's journey through academy football at Chelsea and his thoughts on how much of becoming a footballer is down to nature and how much is down to nurture.
Episode 7 - Ethan Pinnock tells us his journey from playing football for £30 a week
Ethan Pinnock is currently playing a signifant role in Brentford's debut season in the Premier League, but it hasn't always been smooth sailing for Ethan. He tells us what it was like to be released from Millwall at the age of 15 and how he had to make his way in football from playing in the Conference League to then climbing the ladder to reach the Premership. Ethan has so many insights to offer to parents of children looking to become footballers.