On 25th November, we were invited by Southampton FC Academy to play in the Foundation Phase Cup at Staplewood; another fantastic event for the ETC players to take part in. Well done to all involved.
A huge well done to Anya who has recently signed registration forms with Southampton Girls. All of us at ETC are delighted to have played a small part in Anya’s journey. We are incredibly proud of this young ladies achievement. We are sure she will be an inspiration to many other young girls playing the game. Anya has always been a pleasure to work with and more than competed with the boys, we are sure they will all vouch for this! Anya was a credit to ETC when she represented us in Academy fixtures and we wish her the best of luck for the future #thisgirlcan
In October, we welcomed Juventus First Team coach Aldo Dolcetti to our St George’s ETC centre. After observing and discussing all things coaching, Aldo kindly took time to talk to the players about his experiences with Juve and in particular Ronaldo. A great insight into arguably the world’s greatest player. Incredible take home messages for the boys.
Our first week back after the summer break was topped off when we have received the news Lewis O had signed registration forms with Portsmouth FC Academy. After impressing in a game for ETC vs Portsmouth, Lewis was put straight into their side to play Arsenal Academy. This led to the blues making the decision to take Lewis on board for the season. All at ETC are delighted to have played a small part in Lewis’s development. He has been an integral part of our teams in many academy fixtures over the years. Lewis is a fantastic athlete and has worked incredibly hard to improve all aspects of his game. We all wish Lewis the very best of luck for his time at PFC!
It was a special ETC moment in September when Bobby Gorman signed registration forms for Portsmouth FC Academy U13s. All at the ETC are delighted to have played a small part in Bobby’s development over the years – he has been attending sessions since the age of 6 and has always been a pleasure to work with. Bobby’s perseverance, determination, dedication and attitude towards training has always been fantastic. He has been a real stalwart in so many ETC games over the years – his left foot will certainly be missed! Good luck for your time at PFC Bobby.
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.”
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!
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
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.
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.