Promising young male and female players and their parents are offered 'signing on' forms by professional club academies at an early age. The bright lights of football stardom can be dazzling when such an offer comes in but parents need help understanding: what is expected of their child; what signing on for a club means; what the club should be doing to support young players; how to make sure the young player enjoys and benefits from the experience; what a scholarship means; how to get a professional contract; how to deal with the highs and lows of any future offers; and, for many, what comes next after the pain of being released from a club.
Agents and intermediaries often approach parents and offer to represent young players - sometimes illegally and against FA and FIFA rules. Parents are often unsure how to deal with this and what is and is not right for the young player.
The team at 4 Corners has considerable personal and professional experience of working with children at professional club academies and we offer parents and families honest and direct support as they experience this themselves. The team at 4 Corners acts with complete integrity in the interest of young players and only uses intermediaries who are registered with the FA and have a special certificate allowing them to work with young players.
By registering below, with no obligation at all, parents can have free access to Frequently Asked Questions and access to free email and telephone support from 4 Corners staff experienced in how the professional club academy and scholarship schemes work. This is all part of 4 Corners commitment to supporting and developing young players in their enjoyment of the game.