Site workers offered chance to become pro footballers

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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The hunt has begun for a construction worker who has what it takes to make it as a professional footballer.

An all-star line up of footballers who started off on the tools
An all-star line up of footballers who started off on the tools

Football League car partner Fiat Professional has launched the competition to find a builder with footballing talent.

The path from the trades to professional football is a well-trodden one with a long list of past and present players starting out on site.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin was a builder before he became a prolific goalscorer while midfielder Jimmy Bullard worked for his father’s painting and decorating company before he hit the big time.

Tradesmen who think they’ve got what it takes to win the one month trial at a Football League club have until June 12 to showcase their skills by submitting videos of their footballing talent to the Fiat Professional Tradesman Trials

The best entries will then be invited to attend an exclusive Tradesman Trials day where they will be put through their paces in front of a selection of scouts.

Legendary full back Stuart Pearce started his working life as an electrician.

He said: “When I first moved to Nottingham Forest from Coventry I advertised in the match-day programme to get some extra income.

“I eventually stopped trading but Brian Clough never stopped bringing in his broken irons, toasters and kettles into the training ground for me to rewire!”

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: “The Tradesmen Trials from Fiat Professional offer a great opportunity for Football League clubs attempting to unearth the next big talent.”

Andrea Patti, Fiat Professional Marketing Manager, said: “Our aim is to find the next big name who has the footballing ability, but just hasn’t had the right opportunity.

“We look forward to seeing the entries come through and the winner crowned at the end of June ready for what I am sure will be an incredible experience during the one month trial.”

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