Search For New Football Stars

Ever wondered what it would be like to be coached the same way as one of the most skilful players Britain has ever seen?

Well now is your chance. Footballing youngsters who dazzle their classmates on the playground are the focus of a search launched by Saints legend Matt Le Tissier for the south's next generation of naturally talented players.

Le Tissier, famed for his intuitive skills and jaw dropping goals, is leading an initiative to nurture the untaught abilities of young players who might otherwise be missed by the talent scouts and football clubs. 

As the season kicks off, he has joined up with good friends, former Saints teammates Francis Benali and Keith Granger, along with Jody Rivers from AFC Bournemouth to find the future stars that may follow in the footsteps of football heroes with their roots on the south coast such as Gareth Bale, Wayne Bridge, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Trials for youngsters aged 7 to 12 will be held at Toynbee School in Eastleigh today (Monday 20th August) and next Thursday (30th August).

Instead of just the customary one-size-fits-all drills, Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching will run throughout the season on Wednesday evenings, developing youngsters abilities by encouraging them to express themselves through their game. 

Matt said: "The idea behind this initiative came from when friends asked why I hadn't gone into coaching before. I found traditional methods too limiting and I wanted to find a way to bring out players natural abilities. 

"We're all astounded by the flair of the big names: Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi and Iniesta, and this is all about trying to encourage that philosophy - to go onto the pitch and not to be afraid to try new and exciting things."