Joels Soccer Dream
- By: Kosta Scholiadis
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/joel2019
My name is Kosta Scholiadis and I am a football coach and founder of the scouting platform, Sportnet.
I have known Joel for some time now and had the privilege of coaching him at his time with Ajax Cape Town FC. Joel is the most determined football player that I have met. He is intelligent and has a high EQ which made it a joy to work with him on the field. He succeeded in getting into Ajax through my online scouting platform on the 2nd online campaign that was hosted. This showed me dedication and perseverance to succeed. He has shown utmost respect to coaching staff and teammates and has displayed a truly commendable character in a football space where it is rare to find someone like him. Joel plans to go to Europe to reach his football dreams of becoming an established football player at the highest level. Unfortunately the trial opportunities that are offered require the players to fund their trips and with most European countries using Euros as their currency, it is tough for a young football player to pay his way on extended trials that last several weeks at a time.
What will this opportunity mean to Joel? To give a deep understanding of what this will mean to Joel, it took Joel 3 attempts to make it into Ajax. One trial opportunity where he was turned away, and 2 attempts through the online platform where in the end his video displayed qualities which different coaches saw were valuable. With limited opportunities in his position to progress at Ajax, Joel explored the option of going overseas. He has all the attributes to succeed in Europe - he is extremely talented, intelligent and determined, never taking his opportunities for granted. I have no doubt Joel will not take this opportunity for granted.
Joel has worked exceptionally hard to raise the majority of the funds needed for the trip himself (over R40 000) and is only R6000 short of his dream!
I have been involved in football for many years at elite academy level and I know that too often players had all the talent to succeed, yet don't dedicate themselves to their dreams. Furthermore, in South Africa there are very limited opportunities for football players as a result of bottle necks created in the professional level for academy players to come through, that many talented and dedicated players reach a glass ceiling. However, the right fit club for Joel would open all the opportunities for him to succeed. He has the talent, he has the intelligence and he has the character to succeed, that I am 100% sure of.
Regards, Kosta Scholiadis
- Jun 16, 2019 - USD $ 280.76
- "Good luck" - los_julios
- Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 542.30
- "Hi Joel, keep me posted on progress - can't wait to see a picture of you getting on the plane!" - Ian Corbett
- Jun 13, 2019 - R 290.00
- "From a kind donor!" - Anonymous
- Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 010.00
- "Good Luck Joel , follow your dreams.... Bernice- Talent Take One Models" - Talent Take One
- Jun 12, 2019 - R 50.75
- "Go live your dream Joel!" - Catherine