Success stories
GEORGE ELOKOBI

Elokobi joined ASPIRE after arriving in England from Cameroon in 2002, he was a valued member of a successful youth team before stepping up to league football with Colchester United in 2004 after being spotted by scouts whilst representing us in a Kent Youth League fixture.

He did not feature for the team in his first season and was loaned to Chester City for a month in early 2005, working under Ian Rush. He made five appearances for Chester, including his professional debut against Swansea City on 29 January 2005.

The defender then returned to Layer Road where he made twelve league appearances in a season that saw the club promoted from League One. He scored his first goal in a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town on 24 September 2005.

He made a further ten league appearances in the 2006-07 season as the team stabilised in the Championship, and went on to establish himself as a regular first team player in the early months of the following campaign. However, he was later dropped from the team for several matches, prompting him to hand in a transfer request. This alerted fellow Championship club,

Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign him in a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2008.

Elokobi quickly became first-choice left-back at Molineux but his run in the side was ended when he suffered a knee injury just three games into the 2008/09 season. Unfortunately injury will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. George regularly seeks advice from us and is constantly held up as an example to current participants as to what can be achieved if you dedicate yourself to technical and tactical improvement.