Young Pro Launch Review

Last Thursday, Young Pro Mag launched in style at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium as a range of industry professionals, grassroot hero’s and young players and parents attended to learn more about our brand.

Kicking of the event was Sky Sports presenter Tom White who was our host for the evening and he introduced our panel which was made up of Kick It Out’s Paul Mortimer, sports psychologist Adam Morris, Lambeth Tigers coach Ricardo Smith and former professional footballer Damien Francis.

Our panel introduced themselves and covered a range of topics, discussing how each of their backgrounds in the game could be useful to young, aspiring players. It was very inspirational hearing how Ricardo joined one of the most influential grassroots club in London, leaving behind a negative lifestyle to do so.

Damien discussed how he was lucky enough to make a living playing the game he loves and despite having to retire early due to injury, still feels blessed to have had a career he did. Through his injury, Damien learnt that it is extremely important for youngsters coming up today to have a back up plan because of how easy it is for your career to be taken away from you.

Paul Mortimer touched on some very important issues, stressing that young players must retain a love of the game and enjoy it in order to really seize the most out of their careers. In the modern era the game has evolved into, Paul also questioned the need for young players in their teens to have agents and warned that not all agents will have the players best interests at heart.

Finally, Adam Morris spoke on how much the phycological aspect of football is ignored and how important mentality is for a player to be performing at their peak. Again, the state of the game in this modern era was brought up as Twitter and social media was revealed to be one of players most biggest causes of stress.

We were also treated to some incredible skills by some of the freestylers in the house, check out the snippets below and shout out to Adam El-Megrisi, Charlie Fenables, Gideon Lee, Griffin Berridge and Josh Saunders.

The supremely talented Daj Jordan was on hand to provide some musical entertainment with his trusted violin which helped keep energy levels in the Champions Suite engaged.

John Keyes, who we have to say a massive thank you to for helping the launch happen, told us about his experiences working as a coach at Arsenal and how he has seen how football change lives.

Next, our CEO and founder Manny Boateng took to the stage and told everyone a bit more about Young Pro as a brand and company. Dealing in three key areas of wellness, fitness and finesse we will look to provide young, aspiring players with the platform to improve their game in every area. We will do this by providing articles and information from industry professionals, providing a platform to connect with other players and offering tutorials from coaches and players.

It was revealed the next step for Young Pro is the launch of the Better Habits Better Player campaign which will involve a series of challenges aimed at improving each aspects of an aspiring Young Pro’s game. We are encouraging all players and teams alike to get involve and take on the #BHBP challenge and win some amazing prizes. Finally, it was revealed that Harry Redknapp is the patron for Young Pro which is a huge coup for us and Harry will bring a wealth of experience to the team. Look out for some upcoming content with Harry who will be providing his thoughts on all things youth football.

All in all, it was a fantastic event which showcased everything positive about football and highlighted exactly where Young Pro is looking to take young players and the service we are looking to provide them with.


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