Where are they Now?

Jones Swaps Merseyside For Stateside


From Tranmere to Ohio, football has given Nathan Jones a life he never expected.

Smith Takes To The Skies In New Career As A Pilot


Back in 2014, York City were flying high having reached the Sky Bet League Two play-offs. For Ollie Smith, it signalled the start of a new adventure as he was released at the end of his apprenticeship with the club.

Ngoma Swaps The Pitch For The Boardroom


The pursuit of a professional contract in football can be a relentless journey, but not many environments match the cut-throat nature of The Apprentice boardroom.

Palmer Enjoys Life-Changing Experience In The USA


Crystal Palace’s Academy has produced some great talent over the past decade, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Nathaniel Clyne, Jonny Williams and most recently Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming through the system into the first-team.

Former Fleetwood Pair Succeed In Sweden


LFE’s Player Placement programme has produced successful outcomes for two former Fleetwood Town apprentices after Liam Collings and Harry Turner penned contracts to remain at Swedish club Ytterhogdals IK until the end of the season.

Thomas Delivers Talent Transfer Talk To Fleetwood Apprentices


Fleetwood Town’s apprentices reviewed the benefits of developing themselves in and out of football during an LFE Life Skills session delivered by Crawley Town Academy product Cecil Jee Thomas.

Ex-Hatter Gooch Enjoying New Career Painting Movie Sets


Few apprentices step foot back in the club that released them, unless it’s as a visiting player. Most quickly accept their fate and embrace the experience they had, treasuring their memories, remaining friends with former team-mates and staff.

Willis Gives Insight Into USA Scholarships After Successful Freshman Year


The ultimate goal for most apprentices is to complete their two years with a professional contract. However, the lure of an American Soccer Scholarship took Charlton Athletic Academy product Alex Willis down a different career path.

Rochdale Apprentices: A Decade On


LFE’s Life Skills Manager Simon Williams completed his apprenticeship at Rochdale 10 years ago. He caught up with some former team-mates to find out where they are now.

Okenabirhie Rises Back To The EFL While Studying For Degree


Back in 2015, Fejiri Okenabirhie was at a crossroads in his career. The talented forward had earned a professional contract at Stevenage having made his first-team debut before the completion of his apprenticeship, but was released after a year and ended up dropping to the Isthmian League Premier Division with Harrow Borough.

Sordell Discusses Putting Mental Health First


Marvin Sordell has reached some of the highest heights as a footballer. At 27, the former Watford apprentice has played in the Premier League for two clubs, represented England at youth level and featured for Great Britain in a home Olympics during the London 2012 Games.