The season started in a very strange way for myself and the players, as the manager of the men’s team handed in his resignation. This news was difficult for everyone involved to deal with as it was unexpected and everything we had done in pre-season was now in the balance, depending on the new manager’s approach.Read More
Packing my life up and jumping into a new challenge was an easy decision, the positives and the excitement of working abroad, far outweighed the safety and comfort of being back home. I wasn’t sure what to expect fully when I arrived, so I’m hoping this insight will help others, by preparing them for what working abroad could be like.Read More
After spells with different youth teams in Yorkshire, Jack Atkinson recently took the decision to move to the States and go to college there whilst hoping to open new opportunities in football. Now playing for Toledo Villa in Ohio, Jack is delighted his bold move has been rewarded in a relatively short space of time.Read More
Chuba Akpom has been at Arsenal since the age of 6, but as is often the case at bigger English clubs, it is incredibly hard to break into the first-team. At the end of January he moved from Arsenal once again, but despite having offers in England, the striker decided to take a bit of a leap into the unknown.Read More
Jamie Brassington started his coaching at a young age, and his career has taken him on quite an unexpected challenging journey, but one he has relished throughout. In the first of our brand new feature he discusses his current position.
After coaching college football and also with Burton Albion and Colchester United in the UK, Jamie now coaches in one of the most rapidly progressive footballing countries in Europe.
Lewis Baker is the first of many players and coaches on board at Playing Away From Home who are going to be giving us a regular insight into their time away from Britain.
Lewis’ story is a fascinating one that shows it really is worth pushing the boundaries and creating your own chances in your career.Read More
Remember Juninho Pernambucano for Lyon during the 2000s? He was well known for his superb free-kicks which more often than not found the top corner. Andrea Pirlo modelled his own free-kick’s on Juninho’s, as did Ryan Williams, and it’s clear to see it paid off.Read More
Darlington-born striker Gary Martin look set to have a promising career in English football with his prolific displays in the Middlesbrough youth team. He carried that form on to the reserves, and in the summer of 2009 was training with the first team and featuring in a few pre-season friendlies. A loan opportunity arose with Ujpest in Hungary, before being released by ‘Boro in 2010. A disappointing time for any footballer, but Martin hasn’t looked back since.Read More
Sean St Ledger, a 32-year-old defender with over 300 appearances under his belt. A scorer of Republic of Ireland’s only goal in Euro 2012, and a Championship title winner in 2014. The experienced player now finds himself without a club and currently undergoing rehabilitation for an ongoing injury.Read More
Adam Moffat, born in Glasgow, whose first venture into football came with Ross County, is now an established player in USA and does not see himself returning to Britain in the future. In football it helps to have contacts in the right places, and it was an old coach of Adam's who got in touch about a potential move to America.Read More
In women’s football it is not unusual to see home grown players move abroad for new opportunities due to the high standards across the globe. USA has an array of top clubs whilst many European countries also take the sport very seriously. England international Anita Asante has spent half her career playing abroad plying her trade in USA and Sweden. After playing for four different clubs in America, Asante has now established herself in Sweden, first with Kopparberg Göteborg before moving to one of the top clubs in Europe; FC Rosengård.Read More
Lewis Neal carved out a successful career on home soil playing with Stoke City and Preston North End among others, but now finds himself playing a big part in shaping Orlando City in Major League Soccer. Whilst Kaka may be the face of the team, Neal has an active role in the development of the B team and the academy.Read More
After starting in Manchester United's academy in his early teens, last year Sam Riley found himself playing for Winsford United but has since swapped playing on cold Tuesday nights for playing in the glorious conditions in Brisbane, Australia. This wasn't to be the first time Riley had played abroad after a spell in America previously.Read More
Iceland will be featuring in Euro 2016 next month, the first time the country has qualified for a major tournament. It is fair to say there is quite a buzz in the country at the moment, something that is being experienced by Newcastle-born Darren Lough who is currently plying his trade with IA Akranes in the top flight in Iceland, his second club in the country. Having previously been on the books with Newcastle United, and then playing at local side Ashington, he recalls the time a move to Iceland came out of nowhere.Read More
Playing Away From Home recently caught up with Colin Todd who is currently managing Danish side Randers FC. Todd is of course more known in Britain for his spells in charge of Bolton Wanderers, Derby County and Bradford City among others. He is currently in his second spell in charge of Randers FC in the Danish Superliga.Read More