The Droom Scouting WWTIP project is aimed at enhancing the educational and sporting experiences of players.
Last year, Wisdom Owoh visited Manchester for a period of football training in a professional environment, and this year saw 2 players from the Agency Ogunwande Moses and Oyadiran Tunnifemi head to Manchest United Kingdom, where the players worked alongside coaches from various English clubs for two weeks.
Based in the city of Manchester, the boys undertook intense daily training sessions and developed their skills in a new environment while trying out with various clubs for a potential contract.
They were joined on the trip by Droom Scouting representative and coach, Obadina Owodunni and received by our Welfare officer in the UK Rodney Baro.
“For us, it’s about giving the boys an opportunity to experience other football and cultures,” said Droom Soccer Director Mr Akporobaro Emmanuel “Our players training with different coaches and clubs in another country will give them a new experience and exposure of European football culture.
“At the same time, they’re going to be seen by these clubs; going into their environment with the aim of performing to the standards expected at those clubs.
“It’s two-fold. It gives them another feather in their bow in regards to development, but at the same time giving them a platform to showcase themselves.”
They received different advice and tactical points from those who conducted sessions at the camp.
It’s not only training either and, given the matches penciled in with the Football Clubs, the Droom Scouting players tested themselves against teams with diverse skill-sets, compared to those on English soil.
This is all part of the development process in Rodneys eyes; taking in new adventures and growing as a result of them.
“It’s a good experience for the players to go abroad,” stated Mr Emmanuel
“For people of that age, first of all, it’s an amazing adventure and, also, getting to know other football cultures is very good for them.
English football is pretty similar to the Nigerian game. The only difference I believe is that in England things are a little more technical — especially in lower divisions.”