How many times has your child said to you: “When I grow up I want to be a professional footballer?” Professional footballers have always been a popular role model for children who look up to their skills and lifestyle with awe. In fact, a study in 2013 revealed that the top career of choice for boys was becoming a footballer when they grow up, coming above being a pilot and policeman.
For some children, the dream of playing in the Premier League has become a reality. In this week’s blog, the team at M.R.F.A., Essex football academy, discuss three famous football players and how joining a football academy changed their lives.
Coming from a football-crazed family, Harry Kane played football from a young age. In 1999, Kane joined his local football club in Ridgeway at the age of six. After two years at Ridgeway Rovers, he joined the Arsenal Youth Academy but was released after one season for being unathletic. Little did they know that the young Kane would go on to be scouted by Tottenham Hotspurs. While playing a game for Watford Academy, scouts from Tottenham Hotspur signed him up for their scholarship contract. He quickly progressed through the youth academy until he was promoted to the senior team at just 16 years old.
With his parents being avid Manchester United fans, it’s no surprise that Beckham inherited their sporting passion. At school, Beckham made it clear to his teachers that all he wanted to do was play football. With this in mind, his parents allowed him to one of Bobby Charlton’s football schools in Manchester. During this time, he won the opportunity to train in Barcelona. He eventually attended Tottenham Hotspur’s School of Excellence, which was the first club he ever officially played for. Later, in 1991, Beckham signed for Manchester United where he began his renowned career.
Growing up in an impoverished home in Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo had the odds stacked against him to become a professional footballer. He played for an amateur team Andorinha between the ages of seven and ten. Then, when he was twelve, Ronaldo went on a three-day trial with Sporting CP who signed him for £1,500. Believing he had the ability to play semi-professional football, his mother agreed for Cristiano to leave school to focus on football. With this passion and drive to succeed, Ronaldo rose through the ranks of local and semi-professional football clubs. He eventually signed by Manchester United for £12.24 million in 2009 – making him the most expensive teenager in English football history.
Joining an Essex football academy isn’t just great for improving your child’s skills. We believe that becoming a member of a football academy is a great way to unlock your child’s full potential and further their sporting career. If you’re looking to enrol your child into a football club, why not sign up to MRFA?
At MRFA, we provide football coaching in Essex to ensure your child has the opportunity to play the sport they love. If you would like more information on what MRFA can do for your child; get in touch with our Essex football academy today.