Noah [i2i Graduate]: “I would suggest students considering i2i that if you are willing to work hard and give it your all then i2i is the place for you. It’s a great experience with great people and if you work hard and take it seriously then you won’t regret it.”
Ayo [i2i Athlete]: “I chose i2i and Northumbria because I feel it gives me the best opportunity to combine my passion for business and soccer and take them both to the next level. I also feel like living in Newcastle with easy travel access to the rest of Europe will broaden my horizons and teach me things that can’t be taught on the field or in the classroom.”
Elliot [i2i Athlete]: “The reason I chose i2i over anything anywhere else is because of the level of experience and the opportunities that will come out of going through the academy. With i2i I will be able to go as far as my soccer ability will take me and also get a good degree to go alongside. I believe that if I put in the work and with the help of the coaches that have played at the highest level, that I will be able to play professionally.”
Andreas [Incoming i2i Athlete]: “I am committed to York St John University in England with the i2i Soccer Academy. I am excited and eager for what the future holds and for this once in a lifetime opportunity. The reason I chose i2i is to gain my education while playing high level soccer. I’m looking forward to living the soccer culture surrounded by great friends and amazing coaches that I met on the taster trip.”
Mhrxton [i2i Athlete]: “I am delighted to commit to the programme that i2i has to offer. I chose this programme because I wanted to continue my football career whilst getting a good balance in my academics. The application process was very simple and straight forward, it just takes a bit of time due to the fact that there were so many applicants with me.”
Bryan [i2i Graduate]: “You grow with your teammates, you learn about the British culture and stuff and now I’m back home and I miss it a lot.”
MJ [i2i Graduate]: “I really enjoyed the program. It’s a little bittersweet because I know that I’m definitely going to miss this place for sure. That’s the biggest reason I came over here was to play some high level competitive football and to see where it could me in both aspects, the football and the relationships that I’ve made out here are priceless and I’ll carry them with me for a lifetime. If I were to sum up my experience here with i2i Academy and York St John University I would say challenging and rewarding. I’ve made the best friends I’ve had in my life. I love my coaches. I love the staff. I love all of the players, we really are like one big family. Every single day throughout the week I get a nice balance between my academic studies and my football. Going into my second year we had a pre-season trip to Barcelona, Spain. Not only was the football good and we played some really competitive sides and we played some really good football, but we were able to just enjoy being in another country with our teammates and our coaches who have really become like family. One thing I like about playing with i2i is the respect that the academy gets, so we this year have played a bunch of different showcase games against some real high level competition. For example this year we played against Liverpool Academy and Wolves Academy and the list goes on. If you’re serious about getting your undergraduate degree and you’re serious about taking your football to the next level and really seeing if you can fulfil your potential as an athlete or as a football player to be specific, I would definitely recommend coming out here. To anybody that was in my position when I was 18 years old, whatever fears you have, put them to the side and just take the leap, take the leap of faith.”
Adetowo [i2i Athlete]: “It’s been a lot of fun with friends who have become like brothers to me.”
Ian [i2i Graduate]: “I think it’s been fully inspirational and it’s definitely changed my life and it’s just been something that I will hold dear forever.”
Matt [i2i Graduate's Parent]: “I think the biggest highlight for us is seeing him develop into the person we hoped he would be and would become and still is becoming so that’s what we’re really most proud of and being able to watch him walk across and get his diploma tomorrow, we’re just so proud.”
Malik [i2i Graduate's Parent]: “So he came back home during Christmas break before he started working on his dissertation and everything, and I saw that he was truly the man that I really wanted him to be, you know raising him. So I was very, very proud of him. I definitely encourage more parent to not be afraid to let their kids take advantage of an opportunity like this.”
Kartikay [i2i Athlete]: “This course provides you with a lot of opportunity for me to stay in the football industry. I get to have opportunities to go into sports management you know coaching. There’s so many opportunities that this course allows me to do. The thing that I love most about this course is the fact that I get to come here and play football every day. Train like a professional and just be in this professional environment and just grow as a player and as a person. If you’re passionate about the game and if you want a well-rounded education with it I think this is the perfect program for you. Training every day and you know growing as a person, I don’t think there’s any place in the world that I’d rather go to.
Max [i2i Graduate]: “One thing I really get out of the course is you know in these small setting type seminars it’s very different from the high school I went to, I was in a big class size, I like the personal element of that and how it’s very individualised. The entire coaching staff is first class, they’re all ex-professional players who have spent so much time in the game. My coach [Jono Greening], I like him very much, he’s the best coach I’ve ever had, I’ve learned so much from him, his knowledge of the game is unparalleled and I really really couldn’t ask for a better coach. I’d encourage you to come out here on a Taster Trip, come out here on your own, come see the city, come see the program, come to the facilities!”
Gunner [i2i Graduate]: “My knowledge of the game in general has increased by a lot. Just being able to have another like insight from a professional coach is unreal because they’ve seen the game on a whole different level. You really develop good relationships with the coaches and the players, it just turns out to be a great experience.”
Ronaldo [i2i Graduate]: “I’m Ronaldo and I’ve come through i2i Academy. They’ve helped so many players in the past few years and if you think that you’re good enough then join. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for i2i.”
Matthew [i2i Graduate]: “You don’t really know what you’re getting into when you’re coming in. To be able to work with eight, nine people who play professionally in the highest level it kinda opens your eyes, what you’re gonna do after.”
Marcos [i2i Graduate]: “Having been able to be taught by those people who actually played the game and were up there, was just surreal, learning from actual experience hand-to-hand. They try to implement their ideas and their experiences on to us.”
JT [i2i Graduate]: “You become a man, you become just the person you’re gonna be probably for the rest of your life.”
Lauren [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “Thank you for the continuous efforts and information.”
Helen [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “Thank you for providing such comprehensive support going forward.”
Sarah [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “Thank you for working so hard to bring all of these opportunities for the lads even in these tough times. You are appreciated and the lads are lucky to be part of your programme.”
Mike [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “You guys are amazing. Thank you.”
Daniel [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “You are all SIMPLY the BEST.”
Roxana [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “i2i leaders you are truly amazing!”
Thuymi [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “We are truly grateful for YSJ and i2i for considering the best for our boys. Thank you.”
Scott [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “The amount of communication and information that i2i provides is among the best I have ever seen. Thank you very, very much. Simply outstanding.”
Violet [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “Thanks so much for all the work you all are doing!”
Michael [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “I wanted to personally thank everyone at i2i with their support and understanding during this time. My son sent me the notice that was just sent out and I do not know what to say. This organisation is top notch for its commitment to the boys in not just in the capacity of football but more importantly their mental health. What can I say but my son made the best decision in his early life to attend York St John and be part of such an excellent organisation as i2i. Thank you!”
Steve [i2i Athlete's Parent]: “i2i is the best. You guys are amazing. We appreciate all that you do in these crazy times to deliver a great experience for our boys.”
Matt [i2i Graduate's Parent]: “The actual experience exceeded what we really thought it was gunna be so, the staff have been so warm and helpful and very supportive of the kids and just been phenomenal. Education for Ian is crucial for me, the staff and professors at the university have been exceptional, they have given us a lot of good information, they obviously care about the students here and we’ve been very happy with their presentations and the program that they are offering.”
Ian [i2i Graduate]: “Working with all these professional athletes and just seeing their experience. Also the stadiums were fricking cool and to even see a BPL game, it’s something I’ve always wanted to see. Academic sessions were great, I learned a lot about the program that they have here and it made my decision to come here. The specialist goalkeeper training has been phenomenal, it’s nothing like I get back in the United States, it’s down to the point and if you take a little bit off they’ll pick it up and tell you what you did wrong immediately. I think i2i has genuinely matured me as well and something that I will hold dear forever.”
Bryan [i2i Graduate]: “My advice for any player looking to make the next step would be to come to i2i because it’s a great program, if you really wanna be a professional soccer player whilst studying getting a good degree then you should be here. You develop a lot as a player but I think you also develop a lot as an individual you know, anybody who is thinking about it you should really do it.”
Matthew [i2i Graduate]: “Coming to i2i has probably been the best thing I’ve ever done. Being able to work with all the people I’ve worked with in football.”
"It's a very high quality camp that really helps you focus on what you’re doing wrong and right when you’re playing soccer."
"The i2i International Soccer Academy is by far the best training I've received to improve my skills and knowledge of the game, as well as the best opportunity to further your career in soccer."
"I just want to take you the few days with you guys got my son Maverick ready for the Olympic development program."
"The camp was wonderful; the coaches were very knowledgeable and knew what they were talking about. I would highly recommend anyone attending attend the camp."
"Originally I was very sceptical of this program. As a coach and president of a small club we have been approached by similar groups with limited success. The i2i experience was much different, coaches were well organized, knowledgeable and a real pleasure to work with. The prospect camp was challenging and our players really enjoyed both the coaches and the sessions. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with i2i and helping them grow their program. Well worth the time and money."
"The i2i soccer camp is a great way to get a look at how training is back in England and gain information as well as motivation to study and keep playing soccer."
"The training was great and the coaches were knowledgeable, and supportive. It was a great opportunity to train and play at a high level. Can’t wait for the next camp!"
"As parents we believe that the coaches were very professional and had a great connection with the players, they also showed to be not only great coaches but great human beings and I also want to say that the coaches were very reachable and that I am very grateful for the chance you have given my child. Thank you!"
"The coaches are very friendly and it's amazing how you guys remember the players name so quick. I found that very interesting. The camp overall was a lot of fun and I'm glad I was a part of it."
"It was an amazing experience, my brother was able to learn so much from just 3 days I could just imagine what he will learn in a 10 taster trip and in 3 years. Great value for the money you pay. You cannot go wrong; it has opened so many doors for my brother."
"I liked this camp. The training was really good and you learn lots of new things to improve your game. And working with elite coaches helps you learn quickly."
"The i2i College ID Clinic was an amazing experience; it helped me understand football in a greater way. I was surrounded by professional coaches with tons of experience and the environment was really professional."
"My experience at the i2i prospect camp is one that I would never forget. Training with professional coaches and seeing them encourage and boost my morale in the game I love dearly seemed like a dream, but it was actually a reality when I could loudly hear those words of encouragement and directions from each and every single one of them resonating in my ears on how to go about the game and ways to improve my game. In addition to this, being able to interact with these professional coaches seemed surreal. It almost seemed as if I had already begun my Professional career in soccer and as if I was playing for Manchester United, which one of my favorite teams. Their calm and supportive corrections are something that I would forever appreciate. Reasons and explanations were given as to why certain drills were been done, why we did what we did, where it applied in a real match setting and ways to improve one’s game. It almost seemed as if I was in a dream,but it wasn't as I could feel my legs galloping and chasing balls around even in exhaustion. But the dedication and love for the game, alongside the ever resonating words of encouragement from the i2i international Academy coaches reignited my strength each time. An environment filled with care, love and support all around, is definitely what I felt from the first day I walked into the training ground till the day I gave my final handshake to my fellow teammates and coaching staff of i2i international soccer. Surrounded by other passionate teammates, new friends were made. It's always a great feeling to enjoy what you love alongside other people that are equally passionate about the same thing as you are. I learnt so much in a short period of time. Hard work, dedication, consistency and discipline are all key to succeed in whatever you do in life. I am forever grateful to i2i international soccer Academy for their ever present support, love and guidance, even I as pursue my professional career in football (soccer)."
"It was a great experience and i can't wait to hopefully further my soccer career through i2i."
"The coaches were very professional. They worked with the boys in "one on one" format with their instructions. Their attitudes towards the players was comforting, as the players felt as they had known the coaches for years. The coaching staff had no restrictions and were not reserved as other clinics are. This group has been by far the BEST camp my players have attended in my coaching of 12 years. I will recommend this camp again to all my players and club affiliates."
"Overall great atmosphere and good use of time to learn, play and to become better at soccer."
‘The i2i International Soccer Academy is by far the best training I've received to improve my skills and knowledge of the game, as well as the best opportunity to further your career in soccer.’