13 Dec 2017
FC Thisted’s, of the Danish First division, Charlie Machell, took time out of his busy schedule on Tuesday 6th December to come in to the Academy to give a talk about what he did to achieve his dream in becoming a professional footballer. The whole of the Sports Academy students plus many more were in attendance and learnt from Charlie’s first-hand experiences about the knock-backs, disappointments, successes, choices and hard-work to be endured to make his dream a reality. Charlie had been a member of the Newcastle United youth squad when younger and was devastated to be released. However, through resilience and the support of his family he made a series of significant choices. Firstly, having secured enough GCSEs to get a place at a northeast high school’s Football academy he studied Level 3 BTEC Sport which led to him being offered a place at Wingate College in North Carolina in the USA. Excellent performances both in the classroom and on the pitch saw him subsequently be offered a place at East Tennessee University where he attained a First Class Degree. He looked destined to stay on playing for East Tennessee having been offered a contract but when he was sent to football trials in New York he was snapped up by FC Thisted who are a newly qualified team with a squad of young players and a highly ambitious manager. FC Thisted are currently second in the league at the winter break. We thank Charlie for his motivational talk and wish him and our new favourite Danish team our best wishes for the second half of the season.