Youth football expert sees Kinetic Academy links expand into Europe

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 has offered many opportunities for people in youth football and recently they have expanded into competitive football.

They are unable to compete as a stand-alone club in a professional setting due to being a charity but they are able to partner with other existing clubs to compete to a high level.

Most recently, they reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup having partnered with Corinthian Casuals, with a standout 6-0 win against Burgess Hill, but this is still just the start.

Plenty of scouts go to watch games Kinetic play and the foundation’s founder Harry Hudson has even hinted that European connections are starting to surface for the South London-based organisation.

“It’s quite a complicated process for us because we’re a charity so we can’t be a proper football club,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “So we need to have partnerships with other non-league clubs to gain access to the leagues.

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“For our FA Youth Cup games last season, we had 15-20 scouts watching each of those games and hopefully will have every year.

“I’d say we engage with roughly 35-40 professional Football League clubs which has seen us develop some links and we’ve even got some links with Europe now as well.

“Some clubs will always tend to send a scout down but some of them will have seen the same players four or five times so they might send someone else down.”

Kinetic are set to partner with the same club again this season to play not only in the FA Youth Cup but also the Under-19s National Alliance League.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson revealed his reaction when foundation graduate Joe Aribo scored in the Europa League final.