Youth football expert wants Kinetic Academy to lose all of their players

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…

Running a youth football academy certainly has its challenges for Harry Hudson and this might be the toughest he has to face every season.

Hudson is the founder of the Kinetic Academy in South London and has seen 60 players go on to earn a professional contract with Joe Aribo and Omar Richards – former graduates – now playing in the Premier League.

Having no senior team does present its difficulties though and the desire to see players leave the foundation to play professional football is one that has long impacted the success of the youth sides Hudson casts his eye over now they are playing in a regular league with other academies.

“We play continuous games anyway but having that weekly schedule and something to work towards in the league is really important,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids.

“We’re going into a league full of category four academies which will be really good for us as our team will be mostly Under-17 players who are getting to face players above their age which is always really good for their development.

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“It’s always a challenge for us because we want to lose all of our players but we’re trying to create a team that can win at the same time but ultimately, we would never put winning the league or a run in the FA Youth Cup ahead of a player getting the chance to be signed.

“We won’t ever go as far in the Youth Cup as we might if we were able to keep the team together but that is not what we are about and we played Stevenage recently and they had one of our centre-backs.

“It was cool and we would have been stronger with him but that just means that the next in line gets the chance and we keep the conveyor belt going.”

Kinetic partner with Corinthian Casuals in their FA Youth Cup endeavours and reached the third round last season where they were eventually beaten by Wigan Athletic.

In other Kinetic Academy news, another graduate of the charity could play at the 2022 World Cup with Wales and Hudson believes he will be a Premier League player soon enough.