Potters Bar trials days hoping to unearth football’s next big thing

PUBLISHED: 16:01 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:08 22 August 2013

All the trialists

All the trialists


TWENTY hopeful footballers will be waiting by their phones over the next few days after attending the Soccer Showcase Centre trials day at Potters Bar’s Furzefield Centre.

The event, run by former Tottenham Hotspur youth team player Ollie Morah, will offer any player who impressed enough the chance of a trail at a professional football club.

The budding hopefuls, which included an Italian Serie C and ex-Lazio youth team player Francesco Ceglie, were put through a dynamic warm up, which moved onto speed, agility, and reaction work. This is all part of getting the players focused and switched on for their trial.

The players then moved onto sessions that enabled the players to show the coaches the technical elements of their game. These sessions also helped those watching see the players’ decision making, movement, rotation of positions, risk-taking, confidence, problem solving, finishing techniques and communication skills.

Then it was time for the match - a clash against a Crystal Palace foundation squad.

Each player played at least 45 minutes, playing in a variety of positions so the coaches could see a players versatility, attitude, and game understanding.

At Soccer Showcase Centre the coaches look at all elements of a player’s game which include technical, tactical, physical and psychological. Technically ability is very important but just as important is their attitude, personality and that the player is coachable.

Speaking about the day, Morah said: “It all went to plan, all the lads worked hard, and the general standard was good.

“We wanted to provide a taster of what is expected of you when you get a trail at a professional club.

“As well as being about the obvious, talent, you have to have the right attitude and show attributes that perhaps you wouldn’t realise you have to have.

“We act to open the door for a prospective professional footballer; certain players may suit a certain club or a certain level, and we can help them find that and their way into professional football.

The match finished 3-3. Morah added: “It was a good match and we were pleased with it. The lads will find out if they are selected within two weeks.”

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