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Football trials at the Ricoh Arena

Aspiring footballers will have the chance to kick-start their careers in a special trials session at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
FootballCV is hosting an open trial day at the award-winning venue on Sunday, November 10.
Managers and scouts from clubs in the Premier League, Football League and Non-League are expected to attend the day which is being held at the Ricoh Arena for the first time.
The open trials are split into over-18s, under-18s, under-16s, under-14s and under-12s age groups with each player getting the chance to play for 45 minutes.

Tom Fehler, of FootballCV, said it was a great opportunity for players to showcase their talents to a wide selection of managers, coaches and scouts from all divisions in England as well as semi-professional, amateur and youth clubs.

“Our trial days are open to players of all ages,” he said. “We hold an average of 35 events during the year at many venues around London, Birmingham and Manchester.

“Since we started over 12 years ago, we’ve had many success stories. The most recent is Calaum Jahraldo-Martin who has signed a professional contract with Premier League side Hull City.

“We’re really excited about the Ricoh Arena trials giving more young people the chance to demonstrate their skills and abilities.”

Liz Cooper, marketing director at the Ricoh Arena, said these well-organised trials give players a chance they might not otherwise have to impress representatives from professional and amateur clubs.

She said: “Young footballers sometimes need a second chance to prove their talent and this is a great opportunity to prove their skills in a competitive trial.

“Playing in a fantastic stadium such as the Ricoh Arena is sure to inspire everyone who comes along to step up to the next level and take a step towards playing football professionally.

“It remains a fiercely competitive industry and FootballCV has proved it can play a part in helping youngsters achieve their dreams.”

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