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​Matt Fennon

Matt is the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and came to visit the ISA at Tranmere Rovers FC in Spring 2019.

He said: "I first heard about the Tranmere Rovers International Soccer Academy when Matt and Dan came to visit my University during one of their USA trips. We spoke about the potential opportunities our players could have in coming to England during the off-season and continuing their training with a professional Club as well as the prospect of us using the Tranmere Rovers facilities.

"During my time with the ISA team I met with Micky Mellon, the manager of Tranmere Rovers FC and we were able to have a sit-down conversation about both of our Clubs and how see training programmes moving forward in the future.

"I observed the first team in training and was giving a tour of all their facilities. I also met with the Liverpool FC Ladies Team who train in the same complex as Tranmere Rovers FC and I had a great chat with their coaches about how we could work together and improve our coaching back in the USA.

"I’d say the Wirral is a great base for networking as you have so many big Clubs dotted all around you and so many amazing sporting facilities open to you. I would feel 100% confident leaving my players with the ISA team at Tranmere Rovers FC and know they would be taken care of properly and given an elite training programme suited for professional players.

"I know a lot of my players will be extremely excited to be training around the Liverpool FC team and exploring all of the great English cities around them. We are all looking forward to continuing our relationship with the ISA and watching the programme expand."

Austin Van Meter

Austin is a 15-year old player from Hong Kong who was looking for an elite training programme to improve his skills in the off-season.

He took part in a residential stay with the ISA at Tranmere Rovers FC and for two weeks experienced life at a professional EFL Club.

He said: "Each morning I would take part in a development session at the Campus where the first team train, it was great being able to use the same facilities as elite players and watching how they work each day.

"In the afternoon I would meet with one of the Club’s Analysts who worked with me throughout my programme as part of the package arranged by the ISA team. They helped me target certain areas of improvement and used a whole range of professional equipment to show me my performance level.

"I had five days of training a week and then two days free to explore the city of Liverpool as well as Manchester and London. We also got to watch a number of live Premier League matches with compliments of the ISA team - including Manchester City v. Tottenham and Everton v. Manchester United.

Austin’s Father, John, accompanied Austin during the programme and said he was impressed by the community and family feel of the Club.

"The care we received was outstanding, there is a great attention to detail in every aspect of training but the ISA also manage to maintain that close-knit family feel which helps young players so much. 

"Tranmere Rovers FC have the perfect mixture of an extremely professional soccer environment and welcoming atmosphere where everybody seems to know each other and enjoy spending time with one another.

"It’s been a great experience and we have got to see a wide range of playing styles and levels of performance throughout the English Soccer Leagues.

"Austin has been made to feel like part of the family and has also been given great tour guides around the cities to ensure he is safe and comfortable at all times.

"I am sure he feels fully integrated into this environment and look forward to watching his development in the future.​"

Alex Koppel

Alex is a student from Lake Erie College and came to visit ISA at Tranmere Rovers Football Club during the spring of 2019.

The goalkeeper took part in a residential two-week programme based at The Campus training ground and enjoyed the experience of being coached at an EFL club.

He said: “I have been focusing on my keeper training and footwork and endurance, it has been intense, the pace of play is a lot different to what I’m used to in America and it is really useful.

“I have learned a lot from the goalkeeping coach who coaches the first-team, it has been really beneficial.

“We visited Manchester and had a tour around the Etihad Stadium, we have been to Anfield, and also went to Wales.

“I’d say do it. It would be an opportunity that you would miss out on. It’s really useful and a lot of fun.” 

Jeshua Strong

Jeshua visited ISA at Tranmere Rovers in the spring of 2019 on a four-week residential programme based at The Campus.

He came to improve his fitness and technique, as well as sampling the day-today environment of an EFL club.

Jeshua said: “My fitness is the best it has been in my life, my one touch passing is better than it’s ever been.

“My movement is better, and my understanding of the game is better, and it has been really enjoyable.

“It has been a great three weeks, I got to go to Prenton Park and in the home dressing room, so I have had a great time and if anyone is thinking of joining the programme, just do it.”