EduKick (EIFA) is recognized by both FIFA professional players and coaches as well as individuals who have gone through one of EIFA's Academies and/or their parents. Here is what they have to say.
EduKick would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has partaken or who works along with EIFA to produce such a wonderfully powerful experience in our student athletes life.
Testimonials and references from EduKick's International Soccer Camps,
International Football Academies and Boarding Schools
Ryan, 16 year old EduKick player from Russia talks about improving English language skills and football in EduKick's year-long academy in England.
William, 14 year old player from Australia. He talks about the first intense week of training at EduKick year-long academic boarding school.
Miguel from Kenya talks about football training at Edukick year-long boarding school in England working towards his dream of becoming a professional football player.
References for Italy "Year-Long" Soccer Boarding School Program:
Scott Hunter Metcalf (Player) - HFLER@aol.com
Brock Metcalf (Father) - email@example.com
Chris Musto (Player) -
Julio Musto (Father) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cesar Plasencia, Cesar
Plasencia, ex-professional soccer player and current Women's soccer coach at
Consumnes River College in Sacramento, CA, supports EduKick." Bilotta and
Zimmerman are a great team. Parents should know that their children will be
under the care of seasoned and caring professionals. EduKick programs always
have a positive and lasting influence on all participating youth."
Cesar is featured above with EduKick's Joseph Bilotta in the middle and Alex
Basso on the far right during a match in the American Professional Soccer
responsible for bringing Greg Morancey to Belgium. His athleticism, character,
to learn caught my attention when he was 9 years old. Raymond Goethals,
Marten Lippens & myself traveled to America and assessed his skills
& his desire to play & found it refreshing. We invited him to
experience a similar program as EduKick in Belgium. He excelled immediately
& was signed a few years later to 2nd Division Royal Sporting Charleroi. I
recommend EduKick as my relationship with Greg has been a
bright spot in my life & in a players success and I know his experience
here in Belgium was the reason for his past & continued success today in
the both football & speaking languages.
Greg Morancey 12 yr FIFA pro
"I Support EduKick!
As one of the first American youths to be trained and play for Royal
Sporting Charleroi, in Belgian 2nd Division in late 70's and early 80's, I
highly recommend this program. The character and world educational skills
and experiences I received were priceless. The EduKick program offers soccer
players from around the globe a similar opportunity which I had, which
definitely had a great effect on my becoming a professional player. The
EduKick program offers everyone something unique and special." Morancey is
featured here with friends Pele and Kevin Grubb during a commercial shooting
produced by Pizza Hut for The World Cup in the U.S.
Jared Gates age: 12 California, USA Madrid Session # 1 (2007)
This was a REMARKABLE experience for my son. I was concerned about
sending him initially because he was fairly young (12 yrs) and is a bit
immature. The idea of him being overseas without parent supervision was
a little scary. However, I couldn't have asked for a better result!!!! I
didn't necessarily expect him to come back a significantly better soccer
player, but he did improve on the ball. My hopes for him were to gain
the cultural enrichment of being in another country, developing
friendships with kids from other countries, learning another language
(even at a basic level) and maybe mature a bit too, all while not losing
any time on a ball. My expectations were SURPASSED!! All of the above
happenedâ€¦. And on a level I didn't think was possible in 3 short weeks!
My son's confidence in himself on and off the pitch was enhanced
significantly from his EduKick experience. Playing the "friendlies"
against the local teams was eye opening to himâ€¦. He couldn't get over
the difference in the skill level of the overseas kids. It made him step
up his game. He has been home now for almost 2 months and is still
emailing with friends he made from all over the world!!! He came home
and immediately said "Momâ€¦ I wanna go back next Summer!"â€¦ He has
recruited his best friend to join him. His soccer I.Q. went up quite a
bit as a result of his EduKick experience and so did his maturity level.
Additionally, he has a strong base in the Spanish language, which will
help tremendously in school this year. Getting into an environment where
he had to be more independent made him grow in so many ways both as a
soccer player and as a young man; and the training kept him "on track"
to come home and get right back to his club team. I really was worried
about sending himâ€¦. But now I'm SO GLAD I did!! If someone has a child
who is a "soccer kid"â€¦ There is NO WAY that child won't benefit from a
program like EduKickâ€¦. There is so much more to this program than just
soccer. SEE YOU NEXT SUMMER!!!!
Kim Madvin (Mother)
"As a parent my main wish is for my son to achieve his
hopes and dreams and the camp seems to have further inspired his soccer
aspirations. Also he was looked after professionally. I felt he was in
safe hands. Thank you Edukick"
Charles Siles (Father)
"We would love to participate in being an EduKick reference! I want you
to know that Stevie is really enjoying Spanish this year. His experience
in Spain has really made him see things differently, the words mean more
and the expressions bring back fond memories of his trip. Stevie is
playing for the school soccer team and a premier team this year so the
EduKick training worked. Thanks!"
"Having visited and seen the Italy camp first handâ€¦I was very pleased
to see the organization and care for the campers. The quality of
training and facilities along with excellent Italian coaches made it a
quality soccer camp. I would send my son back any time."