Sukjae joins Portsmouth

Huge congratulations to Sukjae Lee on signing registration forms for Portsmouth FC under 16s. A fantastic achievement and fully deserved. One of the most gifted players we have had the pleasure of working with at ETC. An incredibly creative young player and we all look forward to hearing about the progress he makes at PFC. Sukjae not only demonstrated the technical ability to play at an Academy level but also the desire – he would not leave the astro after ETC sessions until the floodlights went out! Sukjae demonstrated his ability in games for ETC away at Southampton and Portsmouth’s Academies. We all wish him the best of luck for the future.
Sukjaes testimony written by himself:
“I enjoyed playing at ETC. It was a great opportunity to improve my skills.
ETC was the best place I have received training. I learned how to play in tight spaces and at a high intensity, my performance improved rapidly. I understood how to move with and without the ball in game situations. I can say that the training in ETC is very very special.
ETC helped me to get into Portsmouth Academy. I have signed at Pompey because ETC trained me to get used to academy level intensity. I think ETC is the right place for the players who want to develop. I’d like to recommend ETC to the player who has confidence as a footballer and has a passion to improve. I appreciate all the support and training of ETC.”

Summer games

A huge thank you to Portsmouth FC for inviting us to compete in a football festival at Sparsholt! This is the second Academy festival we have been invited to this year and provided a great opportunity for the ETC players to compete against several different Academy teams including Portsmouth, AFC Bournemouth and Cheltenham Town FC. The boys equipped themselves well and were competitive throughout. Well done to all involved – we look forward to the new season!

Armani joins Oxford

Former ETC and Southampton FC player, Armani Little, has just signed for Oxford United.  Armani was one of the very first ETC players back in 2008 and continues to be a terrific talent.  We wish him the very best of luck with his new club

ETC play in prestigious Foundation Cup

The ETC were thrilled to be invited to play in U9’s Southampton FC’s Foundation Cup.  As the only non-professional organisation in attendance, we relished the opportunity to play some of the top Academies in the country.  Our players performed terrifically in some tricky conditions and we a credit to themselves and the ETC.  We would like to thank Southampton to this unique opportunity and look forward to our next set of fixtures throughout the coming year.

Jack turns pro!

ETC, Reading and England starlet, Jack Nolan, was thrilled to sign his first professional contract in May.  Jack continues to impress for both club and country and is thoroughly deserving of becoming a professional football.  We would like to congratulate Jack as we continue to watch his career unfold with great excitement.

Former players return for pre-season

It is great to see many former players return to training with the ETC throughout their pre-season break with their respective clubs.  Ranging from various professional clubs, the boys returned to kick start their preparations for the coming season and acted as a reminder to all younger players of what can be achieved through hard work and determination.

Devons signs 2 year scholarship

Devon Arnold has just put pen to paper to sign a 2 year scholarship at Yeovil Town.  The former ETC player has been impressing since joining the club and we are delighted to see his hard work and superb attitude earn him this opportunity – congratulations Devon!

Saints snap us Keelan

Southampton FC have swooped to sign ETC youngster, Keelan Freestone, following an impressive run with the club.  Keelan has been with us for sometime and has made huge strides in his development.  His parents commented “We just wanted to say a massive thank you to all at ETC for your hard work come rain or shine to make Keelan’s dreams come true.  Even if it’s the last time Keelan gets to step on the pitch at St Marys, you guys helped male it possible and we couldn’t recommend your centre enough”.

Sam B joins QPR

Huge congratulations to Sam B who has recently signed registration forms for Queens Park Rangers.  A fantastic achievement and all at the ETC wish him the very best for the future.

New syllabus

Since recommencing training in August 2017, our centres have been governed by a new coaching syllabus, introduced by the senior staff, following a lengthly review.  The progressive syllabus ensures continuity and development between sessions, as well as groups, and has been incredibly well received by both players and parents.