LOCALFC Documentary: Nike Most Wanted 2016 was held at St Georges Park, the home of English Football. Trialists from around the world who had won through the Nike Most Wanted programme, now had three days to impress the head coaches for a place in the Nike Academy up for grabs.
Australia has a special relationship with the Nike Academy, Tom Rogic getting his opportunity through the programme, as well as recent alumni Dejan Pandurevic, Emilio Martinez and current member Ryan Blumberg all giving Australian football a great name on the world stage.
LOCALFC has followed the Most Wanted programme through Australia and in Paris the last few years, privileged to be able to have captured the French Finale at the iconic Clairefontaine.
This year we followed the journey of an Australian Jacob Sullivan and Kiwi Jake Mechell at the Finale of MW at St George’s Park, we became a part of the football journey. Unfortunately, they did not make the Academy, but we know this is just the beginning of their football path. Instead of just putting together a quick piece we wanted to take our time and give a unique insight into the programme designed by Nike to give the player who has missed the system a second chance. A pathway for young talents that have not had the opportunity that their football talent deserves. We wanted to give you the unique LOCALFC experience, telling the story of the ‘REAL’ side of football.
We were blessed with the time of Head Coach Jon Goodman, who has narrated the piece. Giving us a unique insight into what makes this programme special for young footballers around the world. His insight into Tom Rogic the footballer and the person is refreshing. He explains that “MW opened the door for Tom, but he has gone on to achieve so much more since his time in The Academy.
Three days of trials passed so quick, culminating in the MW trialists playing off against The Academy. Young footballers fighting for the football life whilst others defend theirs. Welcome to the real world.
Thanks to Nike Football Australia, the Global Nike Academy team (Jenny Simmons), Head Coach: Jon Goodman, Nike Academy Alumni: Emilio Martinez, Ryan Blumberg and Nike most wanted Trialists: Jacob Sullivan, Jake Mechell.
Created/Filmed/Interviews: By Chad Gibson
External Vision: (FoxSports, SPL, Nike MW)
Music by CLVH