Meet the man who has created his own football academy for promising young footballers that are looking for a career pathway in to professional football.
Academy president, Morris Pagniello, believes that “only one percent” of young players make it down the conventional academy route meaning that a lot of promising young footballers become discouraged from pursuing their dream career.
To stop this from happening Pagniello has started up the Genova International School of Soccer (GISS).
GISS is a residential academy that provides a full program to aid player development for young footballers from ‘under developed football nations’.
The academy provides training of the highest professional standards for players that don’t have a clear pathway to becoming a footballer.
Over 82 players who have joined or passed through the GISS Residential Academy doors have signed to professional clubs in the past 6 years.
Watch the video to find out more about the academy for players who wish to come to live and breathe football as professionals do.