This week’s spotlight is on the heroes empowering the youth, Pick Up Academy!
The greatest wealth and strength of any nation is its youth!
This is youth empowerment at its finest! Founded by my brother and his best friend, they have built a company made up of qualified UEFA and FA coaches with the objective of providing a platform for young aspiring footballers aged 16-18 with a better chance to be ‘Picked Up’ by professional clubs.
The company trains young adults in one of London’s best academic sporting facilities and puts them in good stead to be fast-tracked into higher professional academies in the UK and across Europe. What is more, alongside the academy training, they also provide a full-time 2-year education programme where individuals will have the opportunity to play and train whilst working towards a level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport in preparation for university. Ensuring that the players are fully prepared for the future. 👌
I love that they are starting with our youth to try and help them on the path of success through something they love, football! We all know that teenage boys sometimes have a bad reputation when it comes to education, crime, and their portrayal in the media. These guys inspire me because they are targeting the youth at a vital age when they are finding themselves, and acting as male role models for these kids giving them something to believe in, and providing the tools to empower them to go against the negative societal stereotypes to become the best version of themselves! At that age, it is soo important that the youth have role models to look up to believe in them when they don’t believe it themselves. In my view, this is inspirational on another level 💯. We need more people like them in the world !