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FITFA host showcase tournament at Highbury

14 May 2024

Club News

FITFA host showcase tournament at Highbury

14 May 2024

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Over the last two weeks, Fleetwood Town International Academy (FTIFA) has been hosting tournaments at Highbury Stadium, the home of Fleetwood Town.

The tournament was the perfect chance for the current FTIFA players to experience the real professional setting that they all aspire to play at in the future.

FTIFA had players invited across from Canadian partner Guelph FC near Toronto, with these players being identified at a Talent ID Clinic in October by Head of Coaching, Mike O’Neill.

O’Neill said: “The chance to travel across the world to identify global talent is amazing, and get some of the players back to England to plat at a professional stadium, whilst being assessed by professional scouts is something that can’t be replicated by other clubs.

“We are unique in the opportunities and pathways we have for players in the U.K. and globally.

“Having been Head of Recruitment at many professional Clubs, it’s important to challenge players and put them in environments that might test their resilience and bravery and playing at Highbury was definitely one of those tests.”

Teams from across the North West were also part of the event, creating a mini tournament were teams got the chance to play each other. We’d like to thank the teams from Malgada FC, Macclesfield, UCLAN and SG Academy for being involved.

FTIFA Academy Manager, Mick Horsfall added “The opportunity to play on the Highbury pitch is always an exciting time in the FTIFA Calendar.

“The players really relish the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage, and bit rings across the psychological part of their development.”

“The players from all teams loved the experience at the end of the season and there are some exciting players which were impressing the scouts attending the events.

“We really enjoyed hosting the players and teams, and we will continue to use these opportunities to showcase players what FTIFA has to offer as a pathway and Pro Experience.

“We are now working towards the new season with players coming in on a New-Season Pro experience placement programme - which will see them with us for 9-10 months and complete a full season in semi–pro Clubs that we are linked with.

“This will be a brilliant addition to our programs and add some very competitive development for players!”

Any players keen to join one of our FTIFA Pro Experience programmes can do so by contacting michael.horsfall@fleetwoodtownfc.com.


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