PLAYER INTERVIEW

Captain Callum Edwards

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CAPTAIN CALLUM EDWARDS TALKS US THROUGH HIS RELEASE AND WHAT LIFE IS REALLY LIKE WITH PROCHANCE 

Q. Straight in at the deep end! How did you feel following your release?

A. When I heard the news that had been released I was gutted. I thought I was in a good position to get a contract as I had recently been playing with the under 18 squad, and many others had already been released but I was still there. What made the situation worse was waiting and not knowing, it wasn’t a nice feeling. When i found out that I wasn’t getting a contract it was a major set back, but I was still hopeful I could come back from it.

Q. How have you found the recruitment process of ProChance since you were first identified by the club?

A. Since I was approached by ProChance, everything has been done in a professional way. I really enjoyed the zoom calls which gave me the chance to get to know what I was working with for the upcoming season. I really appreciated the patience that ProChance showed while I was trying to make my decision of what to do. ProChance do so much more than just recruit players, they support you through your release and help you navigate a minefield really even if you don't sign with ProChance, they still help you.

Q. What is the most exciting thing you've experienced with ProChance so far?

A. I feel the most exciting thing that has happened so far with ProChance is making history and playing in a men’s league which is something which has never been done before. Going into the first League game as Captain was surreal. The crazy feeling was that we were playing in a competitive league and everyone wanted to win, everyone one was buzzing due to the chance that we had been given.

Q. Describe yourself as a person and player?

A. The way I would describe myself as a person is motivated, friendly, hard working, good sense of humour and approachable.

Q. What are your aspirations as a footballer?

A. My aspirations as a footballer are to get noticed by a league club who would give me a chance to make it as a footballer, this is what I have wanted ever since I was young, It’s my dream. I will keep working as hard as I can and doing the extra bits for this to become possible. I'm in a great place right now and ProChance give me the tools to do what I need to do every day.

Q. As a former academy player. How good do you feel this ProChance team is?

A. ProChance is very professional. I feel like it is on a par with an academy. Sometimes the demands might be similar to being a first team player, I imagine. The communication that is given is excellent and is better than I have ever had before. I feel lucky to be a part of this growing club. I think the way Liam keeps in touch with all the players is class because having a good bond with your manager is needed. He calls you telling you what you can improve on, sets up zoom calls when we are struggling with something like our fitness programme etc. The detail is unreal.

The level of the players is class with most of them being released from academy’s for all different reasons, the way the lads have bonded so quickly is really good and I look forward to the season ahead. No doubt we have players better than those in the academy system. 100%.

Q. How do you and the squad feel about playing mens football week in and week out?

A. I feel like the lads know it’s a massive challenge but a challenge we can overcome. We know they are going to be more physical than us but we have a better footballing brain. The way we play our football means most teams will struggle tactically and technically against us in this men’s league and we will be fitter than every team we play. They have the experience and strength but we have the determination to win and perform well in the games we play.

Q. Talk to us about the position change recently?

A. We've had a player sent off a couple of times this season and although I've never played as a centre back before [I'm a striker] Liam has seen something that suggests I can play there and perhaps do better as a centre back than as a striker. Liam feels I do much better when the ball is in front of me as I can read the game and I actually love defending. No idea how that's happened really.

Q. Describe the personality of the squad? You talk about the player who is most organised, funniest, dodgy dress sense.

A. The personality of the squad is class and it’s a pleasure to play alongside all these lads. The conversation in the changing rooms is always there and the tunes are always on. I would say we have a lad who thinks he’s the funniest but I think everyone else’s opinion is different and that is definitely Kian. 

Q. Can you describe how you felt once you had signed for ProChance?

A. Once I had signed for ProChance I was very happy with the decision I had made, with all the development since I am even happier with my decision. I think it’s a massive opportunity and its definitely not one to miss out on. I have enjoyed every minute of being a part of this football club.

Q. From a players point of view can you describe what ProChance is and what it does for promising young players?

A. Pro chance is a massive opportunity to get your name back out there after maybe having some news that is not wanted. No one wants to hear that they are not getting a contract at the football club they have been a part of for what ever period of time. However pro chance has the possibility of opening many new doors for your football career.

Q. Finally, is ProChance difficult to get into if so can you tell us why you think so?

A. I feel that ProChance is very difficult to get into due to the fact that they have thousands of lads trying to get in and only take around about 20 max. I feel if you have the correct attitude, ability and go about your business in the right way you will have every chance of being a part of ProChance.

Professional Club Matches

 
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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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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."

 
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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.

 

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS PROCHANCE

Pro club Match Preview with Liam Sutcliffe

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DEFEAT TO PALACE MEANS NOTHING BUT THE EXPERIENCE AND LEARNING MEANS EVERYTHING!

Liam Sutcliffe looks ahead to an amazing opportunity.

Liam commented "Its another opportunity to take what we've learn't in the last eight weeks on to the grass in a competitive game vs an outstanding academy and club"

"It's always a pleasure to visit the guys at Huddersfield and we are really looking forward to it"

"It's important this season that we visit as many professional clubs as possible and not just play at St George's Park. Mainly because the players get to see how clubs operate, the standards while getting to see how clubs and players prepare and get ready for games. It's another vital part of the learning process"

"It's the first game this season that will be like for like in terms of age. Having said that there is every chance we will be slightly younger with the number of late developers we have. With this in mind we are hopeful we can demonstrate what we've learned and be very competitive in every moment in the game and show our quality"

"We hope to take a lot away from the game but to do this we'll need to be cohesive, defend well, manage the ball well and keep the game simple"

"It's another amazing experience for the players and one we hope they embrace and show their talent"

 

START OF THE SEASON REVIEW

Liam Sutcliffe looks back at the Crystal Palace fixture and the start to life in mens football for his young team.

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DEFEAT TO PALACE MEANS NOTHING BUT THE EXPERIENCE AND LEARNING MEANS EVERYTHING!

Liam Sutcliffe looked back at what was an amazing day for the ProChance players.

Liam commented "Defeat to Palace means nothing but the experience and learning means everything. A massive thank you to their staff and Crystal Palace for their class and showing us the respect to play us. Palace will do very well this season and we wish them luck for the season ahead"


"It's the same situation as when we were fortunate enough to play Port Vale first team. These experiences alone enable a far better understanding for each player of where they are at right now and how consistently good they need to be to reach a professional level"

"When I reflect on the Palace game; the main areas we can improve on is to play more two touch, have more/better concentration to solve problems or situations that naturally arise or happen because of the oppositions quality and to make better decisions generally. Our exchanges in possession must improve along with the detail in passing. They are capable and they will in time improve . The scene has been set with these experiences and it will be very interesting to see where they are at Christmas. They are a talented group"

"Anyone can see that we are under strength at the moment with so many players unavailable due to injury, suspension and Covid-19 so to see the players playing at the level they have and at the intensity they have is impressive"

"The six league games we have played to date have seen glimpses of what the players are capable of. To earn four draws has been a positive and considering the defeats have come within 24 hours of playing professional clubs tells a story but we definitely need to be better and use the defeats as the biggest learning tool"

"For a group of 16/17 year olds to be competing consistently at this level is an achievement but there is so much more to come from them. As players return, our training and schedule has a pattern to it then we'll see more and more quality from the players"

"The month of August has been very testing in lots of ways but a huge learning curve and we are delighted with how far the squad has come"

" A massive thank you to our parents and supporters for helping the players so far and congratulations to the flying left wing back that is Archie Cane on winning Player of the month for August 2021"

Up Next at Farley Way Stadium is table toppers Thurnby Rangers on Saturday 11th September 2021.

For all our upcoming fixtures, please click below.

 

PROCHANCE HEAD TO THE CAPITAL AS CRYSTAL PALACE FIXTURE ADDED!

Busy week ahead for the ProChance youngsters!

Don’t miss out on exciting stories and activities from ProChance Football Club.

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MANAGER LOOKS AHEAD TO CRYSTAL PALACE AS PROCHANCE HEAD TO THE CAPITAL TO TAKE ON THE EAGLES!

"We've a big week ahead"

"Two league games sandwich a trip to the capital to face Crystal Palace 18's which will be big test against Premier League opposition"

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to play Palace but also to have the opportunity to play them at their state of the art training facility"

"It will be another amazing experience and learning opportunity for our players. It will give us a yard stick in which to measure how far individuals have come against top flight opposition and a CAT 1 youth team"

"This fixture on top of the game last week vs Port Vale at Vale Park is the stuff dreams are of and we are delighted to be able to speak with our friends in the game and give these opportunities to a talented and very deserving group of young men"

"The players will need to keep their strong mindset for another week as the demands on them haven't slowed down just yet and in each of the three games this week they'll need to work together, for each other and show their quality"

"It's a big week ahead and one we can't wait for starting tomorrow vs Highfield Rangers"

This weeks fixtures:

31.08 - Highfield Rangers [h] Farley Way Stadium 19.45pm K.O

03.09 - Crystal Palace 18's [a] Crystal Palace Academy Training Ground Midday K.O

04.09 - Hathern FC [a] Pastures Lane Playing Fields 15.00pm K.O

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"IT'S COMING! SAYS THE MANAGER. IT'S DEFINITELY COMING!"

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TOP PERFORMANCE FROM STAN GURNEY EARNS PROCHANCE A DRAW AGAINST THE ODDS.

We caught up with ProChance manager Liam Sutcliffe to get his thoughts "We started very well and for the whole game I thought we played some great football, probably our best football so far this season. It's still early days for us in terms of the process and also developing the way we want to play to show off the talents of the players but the performances are growing and the players have the desire and character to grind out a result"

"Stan Gurney put in a top performance and showed a maturity through the game mentally which we were very pleased with. Joe Paradise and Cam Cook were also very good"

"We are improving all the time. The experiences and learning of the past week are already showing in our maturity, how we deal with situations on the pitch, our togetherness and our decision making. This is really pleasing and we will continue to improve"

"It is always nice to receive positive comments from other managers or officials for the way we play, the standard of our players and the quality of our concept. Thank you to the management and players of Friar Lane & Epworth for their kind words"

Sutcliffe highlighted another positive; "Our parents have been brilliant so far in supporting us to not only roll out the project, the football club and everything that's involved in that but also with logistics and supporting their kids. I think they've been amazing and we've certainly worked well as a team to ensure players can access every opportunity"

Turning back to football, Sutcliffe commented "We need to be more effective in the middle and final third. Although, we cause teams problems, we need to move the ball in less touches, play quicker and combine with better movement to really turn draws into wins and show that the players are developing their understanding and decision making"

We bounce onto the next game vs Highfield Rangers which I'm sure will be another tough test"

Scorers: Sunni Nichols and Cam Cook

 
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LOOKING AHEAD TO THE CLASH WITH FRIAR LANE & EPWORTH FC

We caught up with manager, Liam Sutcliffe.

"We are really looking forward to this game. It's a chance to get back to a winning mindset and put into practice the things the players learn't from Tuesday"

"We expect a tough test, we aren't at full strength with Ollie Jagroop [suspected ACL] and Callum Edwards [Hand] both sidelined and four players unavailable"

"We look forward to welcoming our opposition, officials and spectators"

Kick Off: 3pm at the Farley Way Stadium, LE12 8RB

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SUTCLIFFE REFLECTS ON THE FIRST DEFEAT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR HIS YOUNG PLAYERS

"Tuesday 24th August will be remembered as the busiest day in the history of ProChance"

"Two games in one day, taking on professional first team players vs Port Vale FC and then competing in the league in the evening was always a tall order for the players but it's something we had to do for the benefit of the players"

"I can already see the benefits of what we did on Tuesday. The group is getting closer and bonding. They learn't a huge amount from both games and the learning outcomes were very different from each game which has to be a positive"

"All in all it was a brilliant day to be a player for ProChance and its the stuff dreams are made of"

"The evening game saw a second sending off of the season. It changed the game really. We had played some good stuff early in the game but hadn't really penetrated their backline. Just as we were getting a foothold in the game, Stan is sent off. For me, it's another learning curve for him. It'll make him a better player but unfortunately we will lose him for three games now"

"We got it back to 2-2 through two great goals from Callum Edwards, they were good moves too but we were down to 10 men for the second half and didn't deal with their direct ball, this is something we are dealing with and on Saturday will be a problem solved for us"

"Tiredness and fatigue set in during the last 20 minutes or so which is to be expected"

"Both games did exactly what we wanted them to do in giving the players an education"

 

"MORE TO COME FROM THIS GROUP"

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MANAGER LOOKS AHEAD TO PLAYING PORT VALE AT VALE PARK.

We caught up with manager Liam Sutcliffe ahead of Tuesday's clash vs Port Vale at Vale Park "We are delighted to have the opportunity to play against a combination of first team and 18's. It probable their side will feature first team players more than 18's and it will be an amazing experience for our players and our club"

"From our point of view this is why ProChance exists, to provide outstanding opportunity to promising young players. It will be a great experience for the players to play in a 20,000+ stadium and against a league two club in their own backyard"

"We want the squad to look at what they do, how they do it, their level of professionalism and what it takes to be a professional on and off the pitch"

"We want the players to take the opportunity for what it is, a learning experience and one that could lead somewhere with the right standard of performance.


"On Tuesday, we will need to utilise the squad to its maximum. With a calm and composed mindset there is a lot to be gained and very little to lose for the players. We will be reminding them of this. It's not that long ago these lads were in the throws of being released or playing on a park pitch, it's important we approach the opportunity in a calm way and put in a performance that they can be proud of. The best way for our players to approach this is to prepare well, take onboard the tactical information they need which we hope will give them an opportunity to get a platform to play in the game, keep the game to minimum touches, move the ball quickly and be brave without and without the ball"

"As ever our group will be under 18 so what a what a learning curve Tuesday will be. We are looking forward to the challenges that Tuesday will bring"

"The Port Vale game is huge for our players and regardless of result we hope the players learn a huge amount from the game that they can take into the coming weeks and months and use to their benefit in years to come"

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HARD FOUGHT DRAW VS MAGNA 73 FC

"We came up against a strong and very physical side in Magna 73"

“We dealt with their physicality well for the most part but with such a tight pitch there was very little room for us to play the way we would have liked but all in all it was a battling performance and its another game away from home where we haven’t been beaten so that’s very pleasing”


“It’s probable we will miss Ollie Jagroop for a period of time now due to a very poor tackle which on another day could well have been a red card. Ollie will see Lizzie Read [Head of Medical] on Tuesday and we will know more then”


“In the first half we were a little too far off when pressing especially in the middle third. I think this was due to the sheer size difference but it’s something our lads will overcome in time. They are brave with and without the ball and I’m sure in the next game and game after that they’ll individually address this”


“We were disappointed to go in 1-0 down but changes were made and we changed the shape slightly to help the players cope with their physicality but also with one eye on the game vs Port Vale on Tuesday alongside our league game in the evening”


“The second we showed character and bravery to deal with their physicality and we played some good stuff at times. I was delighted for Charlie Tiley to assist Sunni’s goal and for Tyreece to get on the scoresheet along with his brother Tyrell”


“To score three goals in 45 minutes was particularly pleasing”


“All three goals we conceded were pretty much the same, direct ball, flick, goal. It’s effective for the opposition but something we need to get better at dealing with”


“There a lot, lot more to come from this group. It’s still early days in our process but the signs are there. The boys can play, they have great character”

 

MAGNA 73 MATCH PREVIEW

Another tough game ahead for the youngsters of ProChance

MANAGER LOOKS AHEAD TO A TOUGH CONTEST

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”



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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”

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BIG STEP TAKEN BY THE PROCHANCE YOUNGSTERS

MANAGER REFLECTS ON LASTS NIGHTS VICTORY VS QUORN AFC

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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”

  • Sutcliffe: “I thought the lads were excellent; again, 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 take on a Quorn side at the new hok

 

BIG WEEK PREVIEW

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

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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 and hopes for the same again as ProChance take on Quorn in Thursday nights clash.

 
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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.

 

TOGETHER STRONGER

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FARLEY WAY STADIUM BECOMES THE HOME OF PROCHANCE FOR SENIOR MENS LEAGUE AND CUP GAMES AS PART OF THE PROCHANCE/QUORN PARTNERSHIP.

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

PROCHANCE TO PLAY SENIOR MENS FOOTBALL

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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 play 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.

 

FOURFOURTWO CONTINUE AS FRONT OF SHIRT SPONSOR FOR 2021/22 SEASON

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We are delighted to confirm the worlds largest football magazine continues to support ProChance as our front of shirt partner for the 2021/22 season.

In addition to the support given to ProChance to date. Media giant FourFourTwo strengthens their support for our club and its projects by continuing as front of shirt partner.

 

PROCHANCE EDUCATION & TRAINING COMMIT TO LONG TERM PARTNERSHIP

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We are delighted to confirm ProChance Education & Training Limited will provide support to ProChance Football Club in a long term partnership.

ProChance Education & Training provides education and training solutions to professional and semi-professional football clubs. Their course range is varied and ranges from short courses to A levels, BTEC's, Apprenticeships and Degree level education.

The courses provided by ProChance Education & Training provides a financial solution to professional and semi professional clubs with clubs earning from £3,000 - £5000 for short courses usually lasting 6 - 12 weeks [subject to terms and conditions]

To enquire, please click the link below

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

Everything That’s Going on at ProChance Football Club

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POST MATCH REACTION - 2-0 DEFEAT

“I thought we did well for most of the game and it was a solid performance for us leading into MK Dons on Tuesday at St George's Park National Football Centre in Burton.


“I felt we did very well in the first half and in parts of the second half but they had the better chances throughout and were deserved winners” The officiating was abysmal though"


“I’ve seen several incidents in several games this season that do not belong on a football pitch. It’s all recorded, the evidence is there. If you allow situations to happen and give licence to players to try and snap a player in half then the chances are they’ll take the opportunity”


“The standard of officiating is very poor”


“Lacking in control and game understanding. I’m told that it’s always been this way and that it’s men’s football. That is rubbish. A foul is a foul, a yellow is a yellow and a red is a red at any level of the game. Officiate efficiently and stop getting clever with the rules of the game, you’ll protect the players far, far better and that is priority number one”


I’m not interested in excuses as to why it’s like this. There are solutions and it’s time for change, appoint officials who can actually do the job or help the officials with education and training. Give them more support to be better officials. They’ll enjoy the game a damn site more if they are better at their role. Everyone does in any walk of life"


"I see many who make it so hard for themselves in games and then complain about players and managers frustrations. The first solution is protect the players, enforce the rules of the game from minute 1 to 95 and you’ll have a lot less issues"


"Anyone can make a mistake, officials will, players do and so do coaches but to the level I see week in and week out is game changing. It’s a complete disregard for the rules of the game and literally making it up as you go along"


"To not see situations developing is a skill that is seriously lacking in some of the officials. This certainly was the case yesterday. But it isn’t the first time this season and I suspect it won’t be the last"


“Not all but quite a few do not see situations developing and that leads to moments that put players in serious danger. It needs sorting”

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PROCHANCE FIRST TEAM MANAGER, LIAM SUTCLIFFE BELIEVES THAT THE CURRENT GROUP HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO OFFER AND THE CHALLENGES THEY’VE OVERCOME MAY JUST BE THE FOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESS.

Having had a tough start to the 2021/22 season, Liam spoke about how he thinks the youngsters have adjusted to life in Leicester, SGP and the jump to senior mens football and pro club matches.


“Overall, they showed amazing character, attitude and have developed beyond where I thought they may be at this stage”


“The boys have come from different backgrounds and with different experiences, so the key for their first period at the Club is really to understand what is expected at ProChance and to give them a real insight into the world of professional football. We did this through playing Port Vale at first team level and the likes of Crystal Palace who had players who had been with their first team. It’s was a big ask of them to go and perform beyond their limits but for the most part in the these games and in the early part of the season they did. I was so proud of them”


“The first quarter for them is all about learning all of the different aspects of becoming a professional player. For us, we want the players to leap frog those players on scholarship and target a 1st year professional deal. If a player is offered a scholarship then that’s what we want but for the group it has always been targeting the prize of a pro deal”

“On the pitch, this has mainly been split into three key blocks of learning: emotional control, playing in possession, and developing their understanding of the 14 fight zones meaning we play man for man, out of possession. It involves a high risk strategy but the rewards for each player are huge in respect of their learning, problem solving  and coping mechanisms especially when the opponents in senior men’s football are stronger and wiser”


“Alongside this there has been a real focus on creating a sense of belonging and togetherness, and about understanding the standards needed to be successful”


“This season has been tough but a huge learning curve for them as players and people, so the level of challenge has been very high for all of our lads playing against people several years older. The players they feature against are not necessarily as technically gifted but are much more physical, several years older and wiser. It enables the boys to problem solve without doubt and learn about their emotions and tactical understanding as they are always under pressure in competitive situations, playing senior mens football. It’s the best thing we’ve done for young players so far, it really shouldn’t be undervalued and this group is the first to benefit being the first”


“Overall, they have coped really, really well, and the majority of the boys have been really open to learning even though the circumstances or environment may have been really testing for them emotionally”


The schedule is very demanding. Most of our players have already played 30+ games. Which is roughly twice as many as a normal scholar within a professional club in any one season”


“It’s imperative we are emotionally and physically in good shape as we approach the latter stages of the season. There is a lot more opportunity to come for this group, this season and next”


“I’m hopeful that as we get towards the end of the season we can look back with pride. Our biggest achievement being a group of young men liberated after their release that now adopt an attitude of I will and I can not I won’t and I can’t and I hope they feel that whatever life holds for them this first season has provided a foundation for a successful life not just a foundation for football”