Thursday 13th September 2018
In the latest of a series of recent success stories, Guernsey native Kyle De Garis recently departed FCV International Football Academy, and has signed with National League side Kidderminster Harriers.
The goalkeeper impressed all at FCV during his year in Stamford, turning in countless impressive performances worthy of a stopper far beyond his age and experience.
The solid outings earned him trials with various professional clubs, including Derby County.
“FCV Academy helped me mature as a player and individual,” he stated.
“Grant Brown and Ian Sampson are two very influential coaches, as well as Ashley Foulger the goalkeeping coach.
“I’d also known Ben Watts before my time with FCV and he’s been a massive help with everything I’ve achieved. He’s been a bit of a personal mentor for me, and that’s been brilliant — he was straight on the phone once I got the opportunity with Kidderminster to congratulate me.
“I was at FCV for a year and the amount that I learnt and developed it felt like a lot longer than that, and that’s a credit to the quality of the coaches and facilities the Academy have.”
Kidderminster ply their trade in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football. In the early 2000’s the club spent five seasons in the EFL, but has since not returned.
Despite their league status, De Garis sees it as a key stepping stone in what he hopes is a successful professional career. The club has fantastic facilities, and he is keen to make his mark, firstly with their U23s squad, and then the first team.
“It’s an extremely well-run club,” he beamed.
“I was surprised that they are in the league that they are when I saw the facilities they have. They’re a massive club, and the facilities at the academy have really helped set me up for this.
“I’m with the under 23s at the moment with the opportunity to work hard and in 6 to 12 months’ time sign a first-team contract and potentially get some time with them so it’s a great opportunity for me to work hard and impress.”
Further success stories for former FCV Academy players include Ghanaian forward Rudolf Blagogee, who spent two years with the Academy from 2016 to 2018 and has recently signed for NK Osijek in the Croatian First Division, a team who played in a UEFA Europa League qualifier against Scottish Premiership side Rangers in August.
Also tasting success is Thabang Maponya, a former FCV short course student, who has scored on his debut for Crevillente Deportivo in the Tercera División, the fourth tier of Spanish football.
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