Ever dreamed of becoming a professional footballer? Of course you have! This year the Samsung 'Win A Pro Contract' is back, bigger and better than ever before. They have launched a third season of their nationwide football talent search, in association with Swindon Town FC and Leyton Orient FC.
For the first time since the competition began, there will be two professional contracts on offer as League One Leyton Orient join Samsung’s existing partnership with Swindon Town. Amateur players of all abilities can enter, and this year two winners will each earn a one-year professional contract – one at each Football League club.
Hopefuls will be tested at regional trials and matches as they bid to kick-start their dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Last year’s winner, Chris Smith, signed for Swindon in February and made his first team debut against Bradford on May 5.
Chris said: “I entered the competition last summer but never expected to win it. Luckily my first trial went well and from there I took it game-by-game. When Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio told me I’d won I just couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve had the time of my life since joining Swindon. It really is a dream come true. I can’t recommend Samsung ‘Win A Pro Contract’ highly enough. The competition changed my life and I’m sure it will do the same for two more lads next season.”
Regional trials are held at Goals Soccer Centres throughout the UK, where players will be monitored by club scouts and expert talent spotters FootballCV. The best players at the trials are chosen for matches at professional and semi-professional club grounds across the country.
The top 11 players are then selected for the final which will be held at Swindon Town’s County Ground or Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium towards the end of the year. After a week in boot camp with both clubs, two winners will then be selected by Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio and Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade, and invited to sign a professional playing contract in January 2013.
Both winners will also receive a 12-month boot deal with www.prodirectsoccer.com. To apply for a place in the regional trials, please go to: www.facebook.com/samsungfootball