From and early age football has been the biggest part of my life, nothing comes between me and football and it would take something special to get in our way. Foundation/ Participation At the age of two I was given my first taste of football, I got a goalkeeper’s set for my birthday and from then on I have never looked back. I played in my back yard on regular basis with my brother just kicking the ball to each and this started to develop my skills as a footballer. At this time my brother played for a local team and when he would play on a Sunday I would go and watch him with my mum ad dad.
As I grew older I continued to develop my skills and I used to go to the local park and play football with m brother and his friends. In these games I would demonstrate all the skills I possessed and people would pass comments. It was from this encouragement that I realised I was a pretty good player, so at the age of six I joined a local football team called Eccleston United. Performance I went to a training session for the team and I settled right in and stating my place in the team. This was my first taste of competitive football and I really enjoyed it. With the help from the coach and my brother I continued to develop my skills as a player and I continued to play for the team for four years. Over the four years our team won a number of cups and league including the St.Helens cup and the St.Helens 5-aside youth cup. With the team I won a number of honours including St.Helens Youth layer of the year which rewarded me with a huge trophy and a cheque for one hundred pounds.
At the age of ten I was selected in the St.Helens Merseyside Youth Games team, but this was no easy team to get into as there where three weeks of intense trials but in the end I made it through. I played in the tournament and as a team we played very well finishing 4th overall. Even though we did not win the tournament there was still a reward for me at the end, I was asked to join an extremely good club called Pilkingtons F.C. It was a tough decision as I didn’t want to leave my current team but if wanted to continue to win cups and medals and money then I would have to make the switch. Another factor which made me join Pilkingtons F.C was this was the team my brother played for and at that stage in my life he was my idol so I wanted to follow in his foot steps. I joined Pilkingtons during the summer break which allowed me to work my way into the team and state my claim for the vital right back position.
The first game of the season was crucial as I didn’t know if I would be picked I waited patiently for the coach to say my name. I was selected in the starting eleven and it was from this time that I feel my football career started. In the first season I won the Rainhill JOL league and the St.Helens cup, the final of this cup was played against my old club and we beat the easily. This gave me a great feeling of pride not only because I new that I had made the right decision in leaving Eccleston but I h ad won more trophies to put on my already over crowded shelf. After this game my brother commented on my performance and stating “You my friend are turning into an absolutely quality player mate.” This gave me the biggest confidence boost possible as it came from the one person who I regarded as a good football player.
My next big break came a the age of twelve when I was selected in the Under 12’s St.Helens Interleague side, for me this was a great honour as once again I was representing my town. With the interleague team I won the English cup which was played at Liverpool F.C training ground (Melwood), this was extra special for me as I am a Liverpool fan. My success with the interleague took me over seas to Belgium where we played in the Euro Flanders cup which we won. The feeling which this honour gave me is indescribable and I would not swap that feeling for anything in the world. With me now playing at this level I would be pushing he excellence part of the triangle as there would only be two other levels of football which I could play at before I joined a professional team.
I continued to play for Pilkingtons and with the assistance of my brother and the professional coach at the club I continued to improve my skills. With all the effort and hard work I was putting in I was confident that an opportunity would arise and that opportunity came in the form of Everton F.C. A scout came and watched me and I was signed up on a 1 year deal. I played for Everton every other Saturday and was a first team regular and we where winning medals and cups through out the season. But during this season I was struck down with a serious cartilage injury which resulted in key-hole surgery to my left knee. I was out or an entire season but this did not dishearten and as soon as possible I was back out there playing football. I did not continue playing competitive football for a while as doctors informed me that I would need to give it plenty of time to completely heal. So at the age of fifteen I stepped back into competitive football and began to rebuild my career with in a season I was back to full fitness and back on form and at the age of sixteen I was selected for the Under 16’s interleague side where I gained my first trophy since coming back from injury.
Now at the age of seventeen I continue to play for Pilkingtons F.C in the Mid-Cheshire under 18’s league and I also represent the St.Helens under 18’s Interleague Combination side. Also I’ am currently being watched by scouts from Everton and Manchester City so I’ am very much back on the road to success. Motivation Through out my football career I feel that my brother has been my biggest influence as he has trained me and moulded me into the player I am today. But it was not just him, I attended ‘soccer schools’ on a regular basis which where run by the governing body of the league (JOL) and other amps run by a professional clubs e.g. Everton and Arsenal. These ‘soccer schools’ developed my skills greatly and gave me a taste of what it would be like to be a professional football player and this is what I have strived to achieve through my career.