Emotions ran high tonight at The Chance final as the 100 finalists were cut to 52. The players who had put so much into their three days of hard training were told if they would be going on to tomorrow’s semi-final and the chance to further impress the coaches.
“It was hard today but I think I did OK. Whatever happens later, we will support each other. Thanks to this experience, I have learned so much about other cultures and have made genuinely great friends from all over the world.” — Jonathan Lama 18, USA
“I knew that tomorrow was a rest day, so I certainly upped my efforts in an attempt to make the final 52.” — Bismark Kwarteng, Ghana
Over the last six months Nike have been scouring the UK for The Chance, a global talent hunt that
aims to uncover talented teenage footballers who have been overlooked by traditional scouting
networks. Nike’s scouts watched more than 5,000 players in the UK and an extensive series of trials
has produced three UK winners: Liam Baker (a forward), Jose Figura and Ashleigh Artwell (both
midfielders) were selected by a panel composed of experienced coaches, ex-professional footballers
and Manchester United and England’s Rio Ferdinand.
Sport is changing, we’re now all focused on the best way to improve our performance – and one of the best ways to do that is to review your performances!
It used to be that you had to film a game or hire a personal trainer to give you detailed feedback on your game, but long gone are those days – enter the 21st Century’s answer to the problem: technology.