JASON NICOLETTE VISITS AFC BOURNEMOUTH
Our first young player, 17-year-old Jason Nicolette was taken over to the UK for assessments at the Premier League club AFC Bournemouth’s Academy’s U18’s.
It was a fantastic experience for Jason. He really enjoyed it and learned a huge amount in a short time and represented the ESSA Academy in a very professional manner.
We aim him to make him the first of many of our young players who will come over from the USA to enhance their development and understanding in the English leagues.
It’s a critical part of our plan for the future of this academy and the development of the players themselves and for soccer in the US.
Midfielder Jason plays for FC Tampa Rangers in U-18 Division 1 in Florida State Premier League and has been in development training at ESSA for the last 12 months.
Jason arrived for assessments on the Monday and Tuesday and was asked back to play in the squad against another high level Academy on the Wednesday.
Jason comments “It was a pure dream for me to experience AFC Bournemouth, one of the top clubs in England. My time there will help me enormously and I am taking a lot back home with me.”
Jason met with AFC Bournemouth’s Manager Eddie Howe and assistant Manager Jason Tindall, AFC Bournemouth’s leading goal scorer and England international Callum Wilson, former Cherries players Steve Fletcher and Mark Molesley, both now on the staff at the club, as well as training under Allan Connell (U18’s AFCB Academy Manager) with the U18’s academy players.
The AFCB Coaches provided great feedback on Jason’s abilities to provide a clear picture on the strengths and weaknesses Jason needs to work on in order for him to compete at this level. We are intending to work hard on this for the next 4 months with a view to take Jason, and possibly some of our other players, back to the UK in April/May of 2019.
The academy will continue to deliver the highest quality European coaching in a safe, professional environment and a premier setting.
Providing the very best surroundings and facilities is paramount to the future success of our young players and to ensuring we can nurture and develop the very best talent.