A meeting with Manchester City
It's not every day you get a call from the worlds most expensive football academy.
A few weeks ago we were approached by Manchester City for a meeting at their training complex (unbelievable place by the way!).
Over the last 2-3 years we've had several players picked up by the club to go train with their development centre and even had one player who played in the full academy alongside Wayne Rooney's boy!
They were keen to chat to us about what we are doing in hope that we can provide a pathway for any boy or girl who is ready for that level.
As most of our parents know - we are not and will never be elitist.
Our sessions will always cater for everyone whether it be players pushing for academies or children who simply want to join in with their friends in the playground.
That is the way it is and the way it will always be but it is obviously very pleasing for us to know that what we are doing is getting recognised by places like that.
They also invited our coaches over for a tour of the training complex and we had chance to watch a u10's match and a few training sessions.
We even bumped into a few of the England Lionesses in the players canteen!
What struck us was that we all went away really positive about the fact that we are doing things to a very high standard.
Continuous improvement is at the heart of Foot-Tech and, from watching their sessions, it was reassuring to know that we give our players the excellent quality training that is sometimes only reserved for those fortunate enough to pass through professional clubs.
The need for speed
One thing they were impressed with was the fact we offer SAQ training (speed, agility, quickness).
They see speed as a fundamental skill for any child who is to be at academy-level and they were very encouraged by the fact that we are providing this sort of training as, like us, they see it as so important for any child, not just those with the most sporting talent.
We're hoping to be able to head back over there very soon for some more coaches training and we'll see how things progress over the next few months.
They respected the fact that we have the children's best interests at heart so it will never become a place for scouts to just turn up and cherry-pick players.
A great day and a brilliant learning experience for us all.