Foot-tech Academy, the football school based in Leeds, is celebrating after pupil, Jasmine Bonnelle signed for Leeds United Football Club ahead of International Women’s Day on the 1st March 2019.
Established in 2015, Foot-Tech Academy welcomed Jasmine, now aged 10, into its training sessions in Leeds. Jasmine spent three years at Foot-Tech Academy before being signed up by Leeds United Football Club.
Now plays for Leeds United’s Regional Talent Club on a one-year contract. The Regional Talent Club focuses on identifying talented female footballers in Leeds and enhancing their technical ability. The club’s programme works closely with the England International team and players undergo regular scouting opportunities.
Foot-Tech Academy reported a record year of growth in 2018, having expanded into East Leeds and signing up more than 290 members. The Co-founders, Luke Towning and Nick Bishop started the business after recognising a demand for creative football training sessions for children in the region.
The firm operates out of two venues in Leeds, including John Smeaton Leisure Centre and Soldier’s Field at Roundhay Park.
“My mum signed me up for a 6-week football destination when I was in reception. We played matches and were shown different football skills. I really enjoyed it. It was so much fun. The coach was really impressed with how well I did and rewarded me with tickets to watch a Leeds United match. This is how my love for football started.”
“After that I quickly joined Foot-Tech Academy but I didn’t know much about football. The coaches taught me a lot of skills and different style of play. Foot-Tech made me the footballer I am now. They encouraged and supported me all the way and also gave me some really good advice when I went for the Leeds United trials.
“My plans for the future are to play professional football and one day play for England. I will need to keeping working hard and keep learning. Football is my passion and I will continue playing as long as I can.”
Luke Towning, the Co-founder of Foot-Tech added:
“Jasmine was just six years old when she joined us at Foot-Tech. We noticed instantly that she had a natural ability with the ball and we were keen to nurture this in any way we could. We are incredibly excited for her and the opportunities Leeds United will give her and can’t wait to hear about where her football journey takes her. We wish her all the luck in the world and are so pleased to have contributed to her football career”.