Meet the Bloggers

Meet The Bloggers

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Callum Jones

Callum Jones - Colchester United

Prolific centre-forward Callum, is now in the second year of his apprenticeship. He originally joined the U’s at primary school, progressing from the U10s age group right the way through to youth team level.

Mike Hurn

Mike Hurn - Wigan Athletic

Mike is Head of Education & Welfare for the Latics and will provide an overview from the sidelines of the tour experience for the Under-18 players.

Exeter City

Josh Hancock & Sam Haynes - Exeter City

Defenders Josh and Sam have been with the Grecians since they both joined the club at Under-9 level.

Sam was handed an opportunity in the first-team just days before starting the Dutch trip as he featured in a 6-1 pre-season win over Dorchester Town.

Stay tuned as the pair of second-year scholars track their progress in the Netherlands.

Ben Mills

Ben Mills - Huddersfield Town

First-year scholar Ben appeared on the bench on a handful of occasions as an Under-16 last year and will be hoping to make an impression during the fortnight trip to kick-start his apprenticeship.

The forward will be informing us on all the details of his time in Spain.

Cameron Esien

Cameron Esien - Shrewsbury Town

Cameron is a first year scholar who plays primarily as a centre back. The 16-year-old joined the club in March from Birmingham City and featured prominently in the Under-18 team upon his arrival.

Ralph Chea

Ralph Chea - Blackpool

Ralph is a second year apprentice at Blackpool FC and plays as a centre forward. He has a twin brother called Raphael, who was on the same trip to the Netherlands with Rochdale last year.

Canice Carroll

Canice Carroll - Oxford United

Carroll, a second year apprentice, is captain of the Under-18 side. The centre-back represents the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 level and signed professional terms at the club last year, even making his first-team debut off the bench in a 2-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last November.

Teddy Howe

Teddy Howe - Reading

The athletic full-back established himself in the Under-18s side as a first year scholar and is now hoping to kick on during his second year in the Under-18 Premier League division.

James Morton

James Morton - Bristol City

The midfield playmaker joined the club at Under-15 level from the Bristol Inner City Academy and made a successful step up to Under-18s football last term as a regular member of the starting line-up.

Patrick Reading

Patrick Reading - Middlesbrough

First year apprentice Patrick Reading has been with Middlesbrough for 4 seasons, since he was 12 years old.

The Newcastle born youngster is extremely versatile, and can play in midfield or defence, as well as on the left or right.

Keep up to date with what Patrick and his teammates get up to on their trip to The Netherlands.

Jonny Higham

Jonny Higham - Crewe

Striker Jonny Higham is a second year apprentice at Crewe Alexandra.

Known for his burning pace and eye for goal, the Hertford-born teenager netted 14 times last season.

Stay tuned to read about his progress with the team in the Netherlands.

Ralpheal Chea

Ralpheal Chea - Rochdale

First year apprentice Ralpheal Chea is a member of the Rochdale AFC youth squad. The versatile defender, who can play at centre-back or right back, will cast his eye over the team during the LFE trip to The Netherlands.

Joe Robson

Joe Robson - Carlisle Utd

Joe Robson is a second year apprentice at Carlisle United. The young defender will be keeping us up to date on what Carlisle get up to over the next fortnight, on the Netherlands tour.

Noel Leighton

Noel Leighton - Millwall

Prolific striker Noel Leighton is a first year apprentice at Millwall.

The 16-year-old is currently out of action with a meniscus injury, but after a successful operation, Leighton is working hard in a bid to make an impact this season.

We will see his assessment of proceedings in Holland as he watches from the sidelines.

Calum Macdonald

Calum Macdonald - Derby County

Somewhat of a rarity in the modern game, Nottingham based Calum is a defender that loves to defend.

Just entering his 2nd year as an apprentice the young left-back is no slouch and excels in one v one situations.

David Arrowsmith

David Arrowsmith - Nottingham Forest FC

Wolverhampton born defender David Arrowsmith is a second year apprentice at Nottingham Forest. His blog looks back on the club’s two week tour to Spain and fixtures against Huracan Valencia, Levante and Villareal.

Snorre Nilsen

Snorre Nilsen - Portsmouth FC

Norwegian midfielder Snorre Nilsen is a second year apprentice at Portsmouth. Over the next 11 days he’ll chronicle his experiences on Pompey’s 2014 Pre-Season tour to the Netherlands.

George O'Neill

George O'Neill - Birmingham City FC

Birmingham City striker George O’Neill is a second year apprentice with a keen eye for goal. The dynamic forward who isn’t short of confidence will offer his assessment of the club’s tour to the Netherlands with LFE.

Elliott Barker

Elliott Barker - Bradford City FC

Bradford City Keeper Elliot Barker is a second year apprentice who has previously been on the first-team bench and recently on the Bantams first-team trip to Ireland. Currently nursing a hand injury, the young stopper has turned into our man in the camp and will be blogging updates from the Under 18s tour to the Netherlands.

Alex Kenlock

Alex Kenlock - Notts County FC

Alex Kenlock plays as either a winger or striker for Notts County’s Under 18 side. The pacey attacker who hails from London will be blogging for LFE during the Magpies pre-season trip to Valencia where they will take on the likes of Valencia CF, Levante UD and Villareal CF.

Laurie Bell

Laurie Bell - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Laurie Bell is a former Rochdale apprentice who is now studying for a degree in Journalism and English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Having made the move to America two years ago to take up a soccer scholarship, Bell has emerged as one of the top performers in Division One Horizon League. From adapting to being a student athlete to spring break traditions, Bell offers a candid insight to life in the States.

Jamie McNicholas

Jamie McNicholas - Chesterfield FC

Jamie McNicholas is a second year apprentice at Chesterfield who plays left back for the youth team. Jamie is on the 2013 LFE Pre-Season Tour in Holland with the rest of the squad and will be keeping us up to date with the activities and matches during the two-week tour.

Jordan Jowers

Jordan Jowers - Middlesbrough FC

Jordan Jowers is striker for the Middlesbrough youth team and a first year apprentice. Jordan will be representing Boro's young squad writing the blog throughout the 2013 LFE Pre-Season Tour to keep us up to date with what's going on in the Netherlands.

Josh Lelan

Josh Lelan - Derby County FC

Josh is a second year Apprentice at Derby County and, along with the rest of the Academy squad has travelled to Holland as part of LFE's 2012 Pre-Season Tours. Josh will be reporting back with updates about what they get up to and especially about what happens on the pitch.

Michael Gonzalo

Michael Gonzalo - Cheltenham Town FC

Michael is a second year Apprentice at Cheltenham Town and plays as a defender. He will be representing Cheltenham's Youth Team squad as the blogger throughout the 2012 Leonardo Pre-Season Tour. Michael will keep all you readers up to date with what's going on in the Netherlands while they spend a week at VV Gilze and Willem II and a week in Delden.

Carlton McIntosh & Jack Poxon

Carlton McIntosh & Jack Poxon - Oldham Athletic

Carlton and Jack are both second year Apprentices at Oldham Athletic and along with the rest of the Youth Team squad have travelled to Holland as part of LFE's 2012 Pre-Season Tours. Stay up to date with Carlton, Jack and the team while they spend their first week in Venlo and their second week in Delden.

Lewis Whiteley

Lewis Whiteley - Ange IF

Hello, my name is Lewis Whiteley. I'm originally from Nottingham, and for the last three years I have played football for Notts County Football Club where I became a professional footballer and featured on the bench three times. I have also played for Bishop Stortford and Worksop Town. I am currently playing football for Ange IF in the third division in Sweden, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It's been an experience of a life time and I would recommend it to anyone.

Corner, Dale, Grogan, Parker

Corner, Dale, Grogan, Parker - Racing Club Portuense

Hello All, let us introduce ourselves and the reason for our blog. After being released by our clubs, we were lucky enough to be selected to embark on LFE's Leonardo Player Placement Programme which meant the four of us have been funded for 19 weeks to play for Racing Club Portuense in Spain. Collectively we will be keeping you updated on our progress and experiences whilst in Seville. Our quartet is made up of: Josh Dale (ex-Rochdale), Connor Grogan (ex-Coventry City), Tom Corner (ex-Grimsby Town) and Lewis Parker (ex-Bristol Rovers).

Charlee Adams

Charlee Adams - Birmingham City FC

Hello, my name is Charlee Adams I am a first year Apprentice at Birmingham City FC. It is not long since I joined from West Ham United, where I played for nine years. I will be keeping you all up to date with a weekly blog about what's going on in and around the training ground here at Wast Hills. I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say. Cheers!

Alex Wynter

Alex Wynter - Crystal Palace FC

Hello Readers, I’m Alex Wynter and I am 17 years old. I will start my second year as an Apprentice at Crystal Palace in the 2011/12 season. I signed a three year professional deal in 2010 after working my way up through the club since I joined as a nine year old. I made my first team debut in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday on the 2nd January 2010 at the age of 16 and have been on the bench a number of times since. I can play in central midfield and centre back and at the moment I’m really enjoying my time at Crystal Palace with my aim to break into the first team squad.

Jon Haynes

Jon Haynes - Walsall FC

Hello All! I'm Jon Haynes... I am into my third season at Walsall after having my Apprenticeship extended because of an injury I sustained last year. I am travelling with the U18's squad to Holland for our pre-season tour. It will be me blogging from our camp because unfortunately I have dislocated my shoulder preventing me from playing but don't worry I can still type! Thankyou for your comments.

Michael Kalu

Michael Kalu - Watford FC

My name's Michael Kalu. I am a 2nd Year Apprentice at Watford FC and I play as a defender. I have agreed to represent our team as the blogger throughout the Leonardo pre-season tour. I will be reporting back with daily updates about what we get up to and especially about what happens on the pitch.

Max Kretzschmar

Max Kretzschmar - Wycombe Wanderers FC

I'm Max Kretzschmar and I am the captain of Wycombe Wanderers U18's. Our pre-season this year will take place in Holland, where we will be competing in the LFE Invitational Tournament against English and Dutch sides. I will be keeping a diary about what happens on tour. Enjoy!

Dalton Harris

Dalton Harris - Scunthorpe United FC

Hello... I'm Dalton Harris and I play for Scunthorpe United. I am blogging for League Football Education during our pre-season tour to Holland. I will keep all you readers up to date with what's going on in the Netherlands.

Adam Mekki

Adam Mekki – Aldershot Town FC

Adam is a second year Apprentice at Aldershot Town and along with the rest of the Youth team squad has travelled to Holland as part of LFE's Pre-season Tours. Stay up to date with Adam and the team while they spend two weeks with FC Utrecht and KNVB.

Patrick Nzuzi

Patrick Nzuzi – Newcastle United FC

Hello, my name is Patrick Nzuzi and I am a 1st Year Apprentice at Newcastle United. I’m originally from the Congo and I moved to England five years ago. My football involvement started at Wallsend Boys Club and I was scouted from there by Newcastle United. I have now been with the club since I was 13 and was delighted to sign as an Apprentice this summer. I am currently operating as a Right Back or Right Winger in the Club’s Academy and I look forward to keeping you updated about life as an Apprentice at St James’ Park over the course of this season.

Dan Pringle

Dan Pringle - Crystal Palace FC

Hello, my name is Dan Pringle and I am currently a first year Apprentice at Crystal Palace. I am a central defender, and have just left Riddlesdown High School after completing my GCSE's. My blog will hopefully give you an insight into my life as an Apprentice Footballer and the personal experiences an Apprentice goes through.

Emmot Parr-Gallagher

Emmot Parr-Gallagher – Rotherham United FC

Emmot is a second year Apprentice at Rotherham United and along with the rest of the Youth team squad has travelled to Sweden as part of LFE's Pre-season Tours. Stay up to date with Emmot and the team while they spend two weeks in Sundsvall and Ostersund.

James Hoad

James Hoad – Olympic Bob Skeleton Hopeful

After being released by Watford FC’s Academy back in 2007, James was given the opportunity to try out for a new sport via the Pitch2Podium talent transfer programme. James has transferred his skills into another sport which could take him all the way to the Olympic Games.

Tom Aldred

Tom Aldred – Carlisle United FC

The star of the 2007/08 season's Soccer-AM Skill Skool feature and Youth Team Captain for the Blues, Tom hopes to establish himself firmly as a potential first team player of tomorrow.

Tim Hopkinson

Tim Hopkinson – Nottingham Forest FC

Tim is a former Apprentice at Nottingham Forest. Hailing from Nottingham, the centre-forward hooes to make an impact at the City Ground. Follow Tim's progress as he strives to be awarded with a professional contract at the Championship club.