Youth football expert lauds Rangers for funding Kinetic Academy tour

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

The Kinetic Academy, a haven for youth football in London, recently ventured to Scotland to take on both Rangers and St Mirren.

The foundation, which prides itself on giving players and people a second chance after being released from professional academies across the region, have seen 65 players graduate from their programme back into a professional contract.

With plenty of players in their ranks, Kinetic have been looking to tour places in the United Kingdom to not only strengthen their relationships with certain clubs but also give these youngsters a chance to impress.

The trip up to Scotland was going to cost a great deal for the charity set up by Harry Hudson in 2011 but they were saved by Rangers who offered to fund the entire trip for the whole group.

Hudson is hugely thankful to the Light Blues for that gesture with previous ties to Ibrox including Joe Aribo and current B Team ace Kevin Ciubotaru.

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“It was brilliant,” Hudson exclusively told The Football Wonderkids. “I wasn’t actually there because it was a week before my son was born.

“It was a really successful trip that was actually funded by Rangers which we are really grateful for. We managed to beat their Under-18s and then we lost narrowly the following day to St Mirren.

“We gave a really good account of ourselves and a few players off the back of it up there so it was a really great tour. Very intense but a great time.”

Under-16s teams were also on the coach to Scotland for games against Rangers and St Mirren and Hudson has hopes to do more of these tours in the near future.

In other Kinetic Academy news, one graduate has just signed for League Two side AFC Wimbledon and Hudson expects him to be a roaring success at Plough Lane.