James Richardson who coaches at our holiday camps and having represented Phoenix at the last 4 Gothia Cups, captained our U18 squad at the Gothia Cup 2018 in Sweden in July, represented the English Schools FA U18 England squad in 2019. This is a fantastic achievement for James who has been truly dedicated to pushing himself to the next level.
We also have several players who were previous Academy members and have now moved on to professional clubs, a selection of those are listed below. Great news and we will keep an eye on them through the years.
Connor Hall (Bolton Wanderers FC) – Connor played for Phoenix Football Academy in 2015 at the World Youth Cup in Sweden, and has now signed a contract at Bolton Wanderers FC. All the Phoenix staff wish Connor good luck in this new venture.
Pierce Bateson (Reading FC) – Pierce represented Phoenix at the Gothia Cup 2016 and was a keen academy member and has now signed a contract at Reading FC. An excellent young player with a great attitude and we will certainly keep an eye on his progress. Pierce now also represents Republic of Ireland U15’s recently playing for them in the USA.
Oskar Ohlenschlager (AFC Wimbledon) – Oskar played in the World Youth Cup in July 2016 with Phoenix and was an Academy member before joining AFC Wimbledon in September. We wish Oskar every success in this new venture.
Jaye Long (Fulham FC) – Jaye has played at U8/9 with the Academy and has now signed forms with Fulham Academy. Great news for Jaye and great to see boys getting the opportunity following their hard work in training.
Caylan Vickers (Reading FC) – Caylan has left Phoenix and signed a contract at Reading FC and we wish him all the best with this football and in this fantastic opportunity.
We are certain that there will be many more to follow.