Gurav Jagtap Heads to India

Guarav
We recently had to say goodbye to Gurav who is heading to India to progress his career in the game.
Gurav Jagtap, from India joined Edukick Manchester BTEC football program, in September 2014, to gain experience learn the English way to play. A great member of the team, he’s been focused, consistent and brought talent on the field.
He left to attend a trial with one of the Indian I League teams, and will continue his playing career back home.

“I have gained more knowledge about my position in midfield in my time here in Manchester and have improved a great deal, learned to play in the different conditions in the country both the weather and the physicality of the game.” said the young player. “I’ve enjoyed the culture and the whole experience and have made some great new friends whist I’ve been here, I’ve loved every minute of my time here, I’ll miss England.”

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All the staff and players wish Gurava all the best for the future, he will be missed this season on the program, but look out for him soon in the EduKick Manchester success stories as he tried to break into the Indian I-league!
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His quote last fall about coming to EduKick Manchester proves true.

My aim is to play for my nation and to achieve a good level in a big club as a professional soccer player. I am very passionate about my game and want to just be a footballer. I believe that Edukick can support me to be a professional football player.

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Football Career History:
● Junior level – (2003 – 2008)
A) U-16 State level Champions. (Maharashtra state, India)
B) U-17 District level Runners up.
● Senior level -2009
Participated at University level (Fergusson college team, Pune)
● Academy / Club Appearance
A) United Poona sports academy (2009-2012)
1) 2009-2010 season- 6 appearances with 2 goals scored.
2) 2010-2011 season- 10 appearances with 7 goals scored. (WON 2ND DIV> LEAGUE CHAMPIONS)
3) 2011-2012 season – 5 appearances with 1 goal scored.
☆ Participated in Futsal & cultural exchange programme in Singapore (South East Asia) in the year 2010 & 2011.
☆ Attended Santosh trophy camp.
B) Deccan Rovers F.C. – Associated with Venky’s Blackburn Rovers
2012- 2013 season- 10 appearances with 6 assist & 1 goal scored.
Current playing level- 1st Division PDFA (Pune District Football Association) league.

Good luck in all you do, Guarav!

Joao Pereira Coaches EduKick England Players

photoFull name: Joao Luis dos Santos Pereira
Date of birth: 12th December 1991
Country of origin: Angola
Passport: Portuguese
Joao, 22 years old now, joined EduKick Madrid in September 2007 at age 15.
He continued studying at Spanish High School and participating in high-level training with EduKick Madrid technical staff and local Madrid club teams Juventud Sanse and Alcobendas for two more years.
After his Edukick Madrid adventure, Joao took a year away from EduKick before returning to experience Edukick England Academy’s One Year Program.

I am very excited about the opportunity to work in the EduKick environment, and I am very keen to share my unique experience with the young Edukick Manchester participants, as a former participant, and hopefully become a role model for them.
I am enjoying my Degree course very much, and I hope to contribute a lot to Football. I have pure passion for coaching and it fits very well with my degree course. Also, the work experience will considerably help my development. – Joao Pereira

During this period Joao became an important part of the squad playing in matches against English professional club academy teams while studying toward a BTEC Sports Science Diploma and completing his English FA level 1 coaching program.
The Sports Science Program and Coaching Course sparked interest in Joao so much that when he returned to Angola, where he continued to study Sports Science.

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Now, back in the UK, he is studying a Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University, for the MMU-CHESHIRE Campus based in Crewe, UK. The main focus areas of the Degree program are Psychology, Biomechanics and Physiology.

It was great to meet Joao again and to see how well he has been developing his career.
We are delighted to have him with us – this time on the staff side – and hope he can benefit tremendously from the work experience, as well as offer our participants his knowledge and experience.
One of our goals when participants arrive is to work with them to define a career path that includes academics, in case that dream of becoming a professional player does not happen. We know that can be very difficult and only happens for a small percentage of players.
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So it is great to have Joao with us as a shining example of how you can have a career built around sports, if you make the right decisions regarding your career path and include academics. – Mick Brennan Edukick England Academy Manager

Joao has continued his coaching education and will be started his English FA Level 2 Program shortly.
Joao will be spending April & May visiting the current EduKick Manchester program twice per week to assist our staff both in the classroom and on the pitch.
This will help him to gain valuable work experience with an option to return for the full 2014/15 season to become part of the EduKick Manchester support staff.
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