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 17 - How to develop a winning mentality for your child!
In this episode, we are joined by Gabriel from Athlete Mentality, an Instagram platform with over 50,000 followers which discusses ways in which athlete mentality can be improved! We discuss how to develop a winning mentality for your child in this episode.
Project Footballer Ep. 16 - Discussing the NEW changes to academy football!
Recently - news broke about the new changes which have been made to academy football, this sent shockwaves across the industry. Therefore, we hopped onto an online call to discuss these changes which have been applied to academy football at all ages and whether they are a positive or negative decision. We hope you find this episode useful and informative, and enjoy our discussion!
Episode 15 - The player who turned down a pro football contract to go to Harvard University
James Fahmy spent his whole career in the academy system, playing for Queens Park Rangers FC and captaining the U18 Professional Development Team. However, he is now studying at the renowned Harvard University, where he is also a NCAA Division 1 student-athlete for the college. We take a look at his journey to Harvard, and the reason why he turned down the oppurtunity of a professional football contract, to focus on his education. We hope you enjoy this episode! Let us know in the comments!
Project Footballer Ep. 14 - Why England aren't producing controlling midfielders
Ex-England Futsal player Rob Ursell has had an amazing career in futsal and football. Known in non-league football as "The Wizard", Rob changed his game from being a brilliant 1v1 player to a controlling team player. He has strong views on what's wrong with English academies and why England will never win anything with our current teaching methods. This is a fascinating episode which we found to be extremely thought provoking. How will you think about the development of your child after watching this? Will your thoughts change and will you try to develop your child's football IQ at an earlier age as a result? Let us know in the comments below.
Episode 13 - Coping with Mental Health & Bullying in Academy Football
Professional Footballer Fabio Sole and Daniela Osu, a Sports Psychotherapist, discuss coping with mental health & bullying within Academy Football. They also discuss Footballers Minds, a programme, full of activities and techniques targeting the maintenance of wellbeing within football.
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.