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28-year-old Tom Owens from Netherley, who once played for Preston North End before heading to America and Canada to play for teams including Michigan Bucks and FC London, launched his private football training academy in 2018.
Based in Prescot, the popular football training school has been forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown, but it hasn’t stopped Tom taking his soccer skills workshops online to teach children from Merseyside with free weekly virtual classes.
Tom, who secured a master’s degree from Quincy University in Illinois whilst playing football in the States, is also offering mindset programmes to empower youngsters on reaching their potential in sports and education.
Tom’s Instagram live sessions have started to attract thousands of families during the lockdown. His followers have jumped by almost 10,000 since mid-March.
He is now being described as Merseyside’s answer to fitness expert Joe Wicks.
“The Instagram live sessions have been a huge success and the response we have had from it has been overwhelmingly positive. We have reached thousands of people worldwide over the last month.
Parents have informed me that they are using our training as part of their home-schooling curriculum. They’ve sent pictures and videos of the kids smiling faces and sent some heartfelt words of appreciation, none of which we take for granted. To see the kids working hard, staying active, and still enjoying their football at this difficult time is why we do what we do!
We feel passionate about helping our players by promoting a healthy lifestyle and the values, mindset and work ethic of not just productive football players, but productive people.
We also feel privileged to have had the support of many of our professional clients throughout this project, and have frequently seen many of them coming on the live calls to show some love and a number of them have even joined in.
It was a huge blow to temporarily close down our training services in Prescot but we are fully committed to protecting our community, and helping the NHS save lives. We are using this time to look to the future and how we can bring more value to our audience through the creation of online training resources, something we are excited to release very soon.
We can’t wait to get back to our usual sessions, but in the meantime it is all about levelling up and challenging ourselves to take on new, exciting projects that will benefit many, as we hope our free live sessions have so far.
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