Dion joined Tresham in September 2012. Having enjoyed a successful year with the 1st team and with St Neots Town F.C, Dion was invited by West Ham United F.C to go on trial with them in September 2013. Having been unsuccessful in his trial, he was then given a trial at league one side Colchester United F.C, where he was successful, gaining a Youth Team Scholarship contract until the end of the 13/14 season. He was an integral part of the Colchester youth team that won the Football League Youth Alliance National Cup.
His reward was being handed his first professional contract in the summer of 2014 and making his first team debut as a substitute vs Cardiff City F.C in January 2015. Further first team appearances followed, the highlight being setting up the winning goal on the final day of the season, live on Sky Sports, to save Colchester from relegation. His reward for his hard work and impressive performances for such a young player was being given a new 3 year professional contract with the club.
Ade joined Tresham’s senior football academy having been released from Stevenage Borough as a youth team scholar. He was extremely impressive for the senior academy, finishing the season as Tresham’s top goal scorer, which earned him an invite to Ipswich Town F.C on a 6 week trial.
Unfortunately, Ade did not gain a contract at Ipswich Town and went on to join non-league side Chatham Town, scoring an impressive 23 goals in 37 appearances during the 2013-2014 season. This led to Ade being signed on a one-year professional contract at Dagenham and Redbridge F.C. He was then given a further one year contract in the summer of 2015.
Mate started studying at Tresham in September 2014 after arriving from Hungary where he had previously represented his country at under 16 level. Having enrolled on an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course, as he didn’t speak any English, Mate soon joined the Football Academy and instantly stood out as a player with a lot of potential. It didn’t take long for him to earn a starting role for the first team, which had a national top 8 ranking that year. In December 2015, after setting the league alight with fellow forward James Harvey, they were both invited on trial at Peterborough United F.C; where they impressed during training and also in a league game for the under 18’s. However, he was not offered a contract and returned to Tresham, eventually finishing the year with 23 goals. In November 2016, after impressing back home in Hungary during the summer break, he was called up to the National Beach Football Team. He earned his first cap against Japan, who had drew with the world no1 Brazil just two weeks earlier. He then scored his first goal against the UAE in the next game. Mate has since returned to Hungary to further his football career with the national team, whilst also training with a professional team.
Toby played for Tresham Rugby Team and was nominated for trials for the East Midlands Colleges Regional Team. Playing Fullback and Outside Centre, Toby was then recognised for his contribution to a successful campaign and was selected to represent the England Colleges Rugby team for two consecutive years, playing against student national teams from Wales, Ireland and Portugal.
“I’m currently studying with the Football Academy and it’s thoroughly enjoyable. I like the mixture of studying and playing football. We compete in college leagues and this year my team won the league, which I’m really happy with and it was deserved.
For anyone having doubts about joining the academy I’d tell them to go for it; I’ve improved as a footballer because of it. I’m aiming to go to university so I can become a PE Teacher.”
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