Each year across the country, there are many young footballers who are offered scholarships to complete their education both on and off the field, but what about those who have trained with professional clubs from an early age, and are then not taken on? Our Second Chance Programmes not only give fresh talent a chance to break into professional football, but allows any players that have been released by Category 1, 2, 3 & 4 Academies to have a second chance in the industry as well as grassroots players. Rafiq Khaleel has already demonstrated their is talent outside the Academy system and was recently snapped up by Crawley Town Football Club through ASE's Crawley Town performance academy.
The Academies are open to talented footballers between the age of 16-23. The second chance opportunities enables youngsters to gain a route back into full time football, combined with an academic course studying a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport, with a further football and education pathway.
The academy enables players who have been released from professional clubs to remain in football and education, so that those who are late developers or just missed out on a scholarship, have a chance to work their way back into the game.
Crawley Town Performance Academy Scholars Isiaq Araba and Larry Abolarin are a further example of the Academy’s commitment to innovation and producing home-grown talent, and desire to never close the door on any player.
Crawley Town Performance Central Defender Isiaq Araba has previously had spells with the likes of West Ham, Huddersfield, Peterborough and Leyton Orient. He stated
‘After experiencing a number of setbacks at other clubs, I am delighted ASE have provided me with the opportunity at Crawley Town Performance Academy. I have been able to continue my development on and off the pitch whilst working hard to achieve my goals of becoming a professional through the CTFC Pathway. ASE have been working closely with me through training and games, Sport Science, Psychology and Education, which is everything I need to progress to the next level’. Check out Isaiq Araba continuing to work hard during the off-season..
Team mate and full back Larry Abolarin is another player who has spent a significant period of time as a youngster on the books at Watford. He stated
‘Since I left Watford, I have always been determined to continue with my football full-time at an elite level but couldn’t find a pathway until ASE introduced me to Crawley Town Performance. I have met some great friends and had some fantastic experiences already including games against the likes of Brighton, Arsenal and Charlton in my first year, which is great for my development. The coaches have been excellent on and off the pitch and I am excited to continue working with them to reach my full potential’. The academy is a great chance for potential footballers to experience a professional football club pathway. We already have a fantastic track record of producing talent and are delighted to provide young players with a route back into football.
If you are 16-21 and interested in ASE's academies, you can register here