Have You Got What It Takes To Impress The Special One?
Sky1 and Sky1 HD today (Thursday 11 June 2009) launched a search for the UK and Irelandâ€™s next footballing prodigy. Open to 16-18 year olds FOOTBALLâ€™S NEXT STAR will offer young players the chance of a lifetime – a contract at Jose Mourinho’s Italian champions, Inter Milan.
After completing a series of intensive trials – devised and overseen by Inter Milanâ€™s top coaches and scouts – the best 40 players from all four venues will be selected. This 40 will then be invited to London for two days of further testing. This 40 will then be cut to 12. The final 12 will then travel to Italy to spend five weeks training at Inter Milanâ€™s state of the art training complex Interello.
Once at Interello, the players will be fully integrated into the Inter Milan set-up, playing with and against some of the best young players in Italy. They will also receive coaching and tips from Inter legends including Patrick Viera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Javier Zanetti. During their stay in Italy the final 12 will be housed in a luxury villa in Milan – offering them a unique insight into Italian football and culture.
The ultimate decision on who wins will be made by Inter Milanâ€™s head coach, Jose Mourinho, the special one. â€œThis will be a special experience for the boys who come to Inter Milan. They will learn the Inter way, and what it takes to get to the top. We are there to help them. For the player who wins the contract at the Inter Milan academy, this could be an incredible opportunity.â€ – Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho will be joined by ex Spurs and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp who will be on hand to mentor the boys throughout their journey from trials to Italy.
Lawrence Duffy, Managing Director of Endemol Sport says; â€œWeâ€™re delighted to be making this ambitious series with Inter Milan for Sky1. This is an authentic search and a genuine chance in a lifetime for a group of young players to train at the Inter Academy and for one undiscovered player to call the San Siro his home.â€
James Townley, Production Manager, Sky1, Sky2, Sky3 comments; â€œSky1 is always on the look out for exciting and entertaining new shows and Footballâ€™s Next Star is just that. Itâ€™s the X-Factor of football. I just wish I was young enough to enter.â€
Footballâ€™s Next Star is based on the format created by Iconic Worldwide Media, which is being globally distributed by Endemol Sport. The series was commissioned by Stuart Murphy, Director of Programmes, Sky1, Sky2, Sky3. The Executive Producer for Initial is David Staite.
The search begins in June when renowned premiership footballer and Sky Sports commentator Jamie Redknapp – plus Inter Milanâ€™s top coaches and scouts – will oversee trials to be held in four cities across the UK and Ireland. They are;
Dublin – 26-29 June
Manchester – 3-6 July
London – 10-15 July
Glasgow – 17-20 July
Footballâ€™s Next Star will air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in late 2009.
For full entry details and to enter the competition please visit sky.com/sky1 call UK: 0871 875 0000 or 0818 444 400 in the Republic of Ireland for details. Once entered every applicant will then be given venue details for their chosen city and allocated a designated time slot at which they should attend.