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There is so much to build on!

Match Preview vs Magna 73


  • Liam Sutcliffe | “Its important in the early days to keep our thoughts simple. We will need to be defensively solid as a team and enjoy moving the ball with quality and speed”


Following on from a character driven performance vs Sileby Town, Liam Sutcliffe looked ahead to Saturday’s clash vs Magna 73 “It will no doubt be a tough encounter. The teams in this league will be physically stronger and somewhat wiser than our young squad so we must show quality in our decision making and transition to give ourselves a platform on which to earn the right to play”


“The players have lots of qualities and character and I have no doubt professional clubs will be looking but what is important and what will be very important on Saturday is take all the good bits from the last two games and add to those positives in this game” 


“We will need to be defensively solid as a team and enjoy moving the ball with quality and speed when we have the opportunity. It’s really important for each players development that they look at what could have been better in the last game and correct that in this game whilst taking the positives from game to game”


“Its important in the early days to keep our thoughts simple, do the basics well, have great energy in our performance, show our qualities and not give any encouragement to the opposition”


“I’m sure it will be a good game and one for the spectators”

 
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10 man ProChance earn draw in season opener

MANAGER REFLECTS ON CLUB PROGRESS AS THE WHITES LOOK TAKE A POINT WITH 10 MEN


  • Liam Sutcliffe | “The character of the side is outstanding”

  • ProChance manager on individual performances

  • Sutcliffe: “I thought the lads were brilliant in lots of different ways; the way they collectively set about the challenges the game threw at them kept them in the game and allowed the chance to snatch a draw”

  • ProChance manager Liam Sutcliffe stated post match that “for any one individual to kick on into the professional game the foundation always is good players having good players and characters around them to challenge them and push them on internally and this group has it in abundance”


Reflecting post-match Sutcliffe said:

“What a game. That’s why we all love the game, right. We were very good value in the first twenty minutes scoring two superb goals. After the initial period, we lacked concentration really and let them back in the game. Not giving teams encouragement with a sloppy pass or a foul throw is something we can address and we will. The boys are honest and know we could have done bits better at times”


“First and foremost, we’re made up with the result but most of all the performance and the amount the players have learnt. They took a lot away from the game”


“The performance had aggression, tenacity, brains and quality. Most of the boys today were an 8 or more out of 10. I’m really proud of them. I thought the lads were brilliant in lots of different ways; the way they collectively set about the challenges the game threw at them kept them in the game and allowed the chance to snatch a draw”


“The bookings for Hudson were right in my opinion leading to him being sent off which is without doubt something he will learn from. He’s a talented defender that we can help and support to be a better defender”


After the break ProChance went behind [3-2] on 53 minutes. “We had to make changes to the system and challenge the boys to deal with the situation. This was a proper game of football and it was far cry from youth or under 18 football. The game had everything. We changed to 3-5-1 after the break with attacking midfielder Ollie Jagroop moving to right wing back, midfielder Stan Gurney at left wing back and our left and right back from the starting line up becoming the left and right centre backs either side of striker Callum Edwards. They showed the intelligence and adaptability to play in different positions because of a situation that happened in the game. They were outstanding, the whole group were outstanding. Naturally, we rode our luck at times but we still played some great football even when we were down to 10 men. To get the equaliser with 20 to go made for an exciting end to the game”


“For the players to have the courage to play in the clubs first ever senior mens game for 60+ minutes down to 10 men says a lot about the character of the team especially considering we didn’t have the luxury of having a full squad to select from due to illness, injury and one of our boys being on trial with a Scottish championship club. They knew they’d pretty much be playing 90 minutes before the game started and they dug in and showed their character and ability in abundance” 


“Given it was the players second game in three days showed good fitness levels and it all points towards a bright future for these boys”


“To hear noise and encouragement from the spectators was very pleasing too. It really encouraged the players”


“That was the third game these lads have played together against much older players and they have adapted well and took the challenge head on once again without fear”


“For any one individual to kick on into the professional game the foundation always is good players having good players and characters around them to challenge them and push them on and this group has it in abundance”


“We expect next Saturday to be no different and although we will have players back we expect a tough challenge. The learning continues”


“A big thank you to Sileby Town for their hospitality and affording our players the opportunity to play in such a good contest. They are a side that will be up there challenging”


Scorers: Sunni Nichols [1] and Tyrell Haughton [2]

 
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BIG WEEK PREVIEW

2021/22 SEASON ON THE HORIZON

MANAGER REFLECTS ON THE VICTORY AS THE 'WHITES' LOOK AHEAD TO A BUSY FEW WEEKS

  • Liam Sutcliffe | “So far we've made small steps, last nights victory was a big step in the right direction with a  3-0 victory”

  • Sutcliffe: “I thought the lads were excellent; again, we asked the players to be versatile and play with multiple roles within the system and they were all excellent with those type of demands placed on them.”

ProChance manager Liam Sutcliffe was pleased to see his side take on a Quorn team at the new home of ProChance Football Club for senior mens games.

ProChance manager commented "A big thank you to Darren Kay and his team for their hospitality and the opportunity to play them in the run up to the first competitive game in our history"

Reflecting post-match Sutcliffe said:

“I thought the lads were excellent; we played a really attractive brand of effective football. The players are a good group, they listen, learn quickly and are very adaptable. The took onboard information about our systems in and out possession and were confident enough to adapt their roles and the system as the game demanded"

"The goals were excellently crafted team goals which bodes well for the future, good finishes too"

“The learning from last night for each player was immense really. We were really pleased to be involved in such a competitive game. This is massive for a young player. A whole group of 16/17 year olds going up week after week against men, its a huge thing and its making history for this squad"

Looking ahead, Sutcliffe commented "Its exciting for everyone involved to be part of this club and this project. Our intention is to ensure the players benefit as much as possible throughout the season both on and off the pitch creating as much opportunity as is possible, starting with Saturday vs Sileby Town. It will be a tough game, a challenge but one this group is capable of overcoming.

"We hope the players attack the game and play with confidence in the same way as they did against Quorn, we will create a positive environment for them and they will need to play with bravery in and out of possession"

"We hope for a good number of spectators at both games which will be accompanied by a number of professional clubs watching"

 
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BIG WEEK PREVIEW

2021/22 SEASON ON THE HORIZON

MANAGER REFLECTS ON CLUB PROGRESS AS THE 'WHITES' LOOK AHEAD TO A BUSY SCHEDULE

  • Liam Sutcliffe | “We’re making small steps and that was encouraging”

  • Sutcliffe: “I thought the lads were fantastic; we asked the players to be versatile and play in various positions and I thought a few of them were excellent with those type of demands placed on them.”

ProChance manager Liam Sutcliffe was pleased to see his side make “small steps” in the right direction last time out vs Lutterworth Athletic and hopes for the same again as ProChance take on Quorn in Thursday nights clash.

Reflecting post-match Sutcliffe said:

“I thought the lads were fantastic; we asked the lads to be versatile and play in various positions and I thought a few of them were excellent with those types of demands. They were very adaptable. The formations we play are very interlinked and not very common both with and without the ball which is great for their learning but also proving them to be adaptable and independent thinkers which is a must for any player aspiring to play in the pro game"

“We’re still learning, we’re still in the infancy of everything we’re trying to do, to try and learn new systems and each other’s emotional reactions to things, they’re making small steps and vs Lutterworth was encouraging. Off the pitch we are developing a brand new system to get these players to a higher level and as part of that process they have the opportunity to play senior men’s football coupled with 20+ games vs professional clubs. The demands are huge for a 16/17 year old lad.

Looking ahead, Sutcliffe commented "Its an exciting few days. Busy but exciting. The players shouldn't have any fear, its a challenge but one they can overcome. The worst that can happen is we get beat but for us the learning and development the boys will get from Thursday 12th vs Quorn and Saturday 14th vs Sileby Town far outweighs any fear of losing"

"We hope the players attack the game and play with confidence, we will create a positive environment for them and they will need to play with bravery in and out of possession"

"We hope for a good number of spectators at both games which will be accompanied by a number of professional clubs watching"

 
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2021/22 SEASON NEWS

All the news, exclusive interviews and match reactions!

"Quorn Football Club and Quorn Football Club Academy are delighted to announce the start of our partnership with ProChance. 


A organisation whose values align with our own. Dedicated to nurturing and supporting  talent of young people in the aim to help them achieve a long career in sport.


We believe the partnership will be equally beneficial and are pleased to share the excellent facilities at Farley Way Stadium with ProChance"

Their support and expertise will also help the development of our own BTEC Sport Academy Programme which starts with Loughborough College in September 2021.


We thank Liam Sutcliffe and his team for the opportunity and wish them the best of luck in Their First Season in The Leicestershire Senior League"

Liam Sutcliffe added "We are really excited about our partnership with Quorn and their new football academy. 

We are looking forward to training and playing at the Farley Way Stadium, it is a lovely stadium that has been utilised by Leicester City in the recent past and we are delighted to call it home. We now are a club in our own right that has outstanding facilities in Farley Way Stadium for our league and cup action and St George's Park National Football Centre for our matches with professional clubs.

Our partnership will be mutually beneficial and we look forward to supporting each other as our partnership develops.

I must thank Darren Kay for his help and support in the last few weeks or so, he has been amazing to work with and this bodes well for our future. The staff at Farley Way have been very welcoming and we look forward to working alongside them. The two organisations are very much aligned and have a dedication to developing young people.

The wider agreement between us ensures that we can help to develop their own academic programme, their academy and bring to the table a number of opportunities to the club. 

We are delighted"

 
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Next Steps are massive for young players


ProChance are delighted to announce that as part of our wider objectives we have launched our own football club.


The history of ProChance has revolved very much around trials, showcase games vs professional clubs and supporting young players on and off the pitch.


To take our project to the next level, ProChance will be playing under 18 players who in most cases have been released from a professional club, are classed as late developers or have missed their opportunity in the professional game at STEP 7 in the Leicestershire Senior League.


We caught up with Liam Sutcliffe to find out exactly what this means for young players.


We knew some time ago that if we were to capitalise on the success we have had to date in terms of us finding players, giving them a platform, professional club trials and those players often signing for professional clubs we would need to get more players playing senior mens football in a strong, competitive league.


We are very thankful to the Leicestershire Senior League and the FA for their support, this is something very unique and maybe its never been tried before, we are very grateful for their understanding and giving ProChance rhe opportunity to become a football club in its own right.


For a young player aged 16 or 17 on the outside of the professional game, what excites professional clubs is if they can cut it consistently at a senior mens level. If they can do well in this environment then they have a real chance. Given the volume of professional club matches we play in a season plus the learning that will take place competing at a senior mens level makes this a seriously good platform for any promising player.


Our club will continue to recruit players nationally who fit our player profiles and give them the platform to come to ProChance and enjoy and develop in a superb environment. As ever, from the moment we speak with a player, parent or guardian we are aiming to progress that player to a better future in the game. We want to create a winning culture but its the main thing for us, what is more important is what the players learn week to week, how they retain that information and how they use that information from game to game to develop their game.


We understand that it will take time for the players to compete physically and the opportunity to learn from older, wiser, stronger players is huge. The tempo is quicker and we want the players to be under pressure, have to problem solve under pressure, deal with different types of football that no doubt we will face and develop a way to consistently make good decisions on and off the pitch. The Next steps are massive for the young players we work with, maybe this hasn’t been done before. For us, this as a development tool to help us to support promising young footballers its a no brainer. For us it's where the players are in 6,12,18 months time, that’s key.


We are very pleased, that we are now a football club [ProChance Football Club] in our own right, plying our trade in the centre of the country [Leicester] for our senior mens games in the Leicestershire Senior League and in St George’s Park National Football Centre, the home of English Football, where we will play all of our professional club showcase games.


We will continue to have a year round recruitment process and I would encourage any player who backs themselves to apply for a trial"


Click 'Getting Scouted' below.

 
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Different Challenge, Same Journey!


On a sweltering afternoon at Hall Park, the home of Lutterworth Athletic, a young ProChance side were ultimately on the wrong side of an entertaining encounter.


Starting the afternoon straight out of the blocks, Sunni Nichols showed great composure to put ProChance in front as he slid home a calm finish.


Yet the lead was short-lived, Lutterworth Athletic scored the first of three. With a second coming before the break.


ProChance, however, didn’t let their heads drop against their more senior opponents. Playing some excellent football and really making the experienced Lutterworth Athletic team work to win the ball back. Callum Edwards and Archie Cane down the left, combined really well on several occasions causing problems for @theAtho

Ben Courtier and Sid Partridge provided a solid centre back partnership with Loui Hutton who came on after 35 minutes at right back showing signs of quality both defensively and offensively.


With around 20 minutes of the first half remaining, ProChance changed formation and started to apply some pressure to Lutterworth creating a few chances. Cameron Cook, Stan Gurney and Alfie Cummings playing well in a midfield trio.


The second half saw more changes from ProChance but the consistency in quality remained as the young ProChance side battled for every ball and showed signs of some quality. Lutterworth bagged a third toward the end of the game to secure victory.


It’s clear to see something special is happening with ProChance and the amount of positive feedback has been overwhelming from people within the professional game and the wider football community.


Liam Sutcliffe reflected on the teams performance - ‘’We are extremely proud of the team's desire to take the game to an established Step 6 club.  All over the pitch we were generally comfortable in possession. We saw a lot of good combinations with a lot of our attacks. For good portions of the game we kept the ball well with a purpose to attack from a position of strength. In fact, we were much better in the second half once the players got accustomed to the standard of football.


For a young group I’m very proud of them and it was our first game at a senior mens level; there’s a lot that has been learned and we’re at a good stage in our process.


The squad has an average age of 16 so we are very pleased they played and competed the way they did. Young players will make mistakes and this happened in the game but it isn’t an issue for us. It’s early in our process and with some coaching and more games those situations and mistakes don’t happen. 


The learning that takes place in a game of this nature is something money just can’t buy. It’s part of our process now to help promising young players achieve their maximum.


It was a really good test for us. Lutterworth are a strong team with players who are smart on and off the ball and wanted to compete in the right way. I am certain Lutterworth will do well this season. 


The result isn’t an issue, we’re primarily focussed on performance, confidence and attitude. The players want to represent ProChance with pride and fight for every ball. They showed this in abundance. We had some very good performances from a very young side and we can be pleased with that, it gives us a yard stick to kick on from. 


It was good to have some spectators at the ground showing their support and it was a great occasion for these young players.


It was a really good workout and we’d like to thank you to Lutterworth for hosting us."