Hill tasked with finding talented youngsters as part of new role
Corey Hill has joined his son Deniche at Brooke House College … not as a student of course, but an agent tasked with finding talented students for the school in Leicestershire, England.
Hill, a former coach of First Division side Hamilton Parish, relocated to the United Kingdom in August to help advance his son’s footballing aspirations.
“I will be acting as an agent/consultant for the school for anybody who may be interested in going to Brooke House,” Hill explained.
“They can come through me and I can negotiate the fees. I’ll be the middle man for anybody who is interested in going to Brooke House. I’ll be a representative for the school.”
The school caters to 300 students and Giles Williams, the director, is happy to have Hill join to assist in the recruitment of students.
“The college is very pleased to have Mr Hill acting as an intermediary in terms of assisting young Bermudian students to access the college’s academic and sporting programmes,” Williams said.
“Having a child at the college, Mr Hill understands how to assist young student athletes with the transition to life in the UK and is in a good position to advise parents about key aspects of the operations of UK boarding schools and their entry procedures.
“He has also experienced at first hand the need for pupils to develop independence and personal organisation as they combine high-level sport with academics.
“Brooke House College is an international coeducational boarding college with a prestigious football programme that has produced a number of players established in the professional ranks of Europe, Africa and Asia and a number of current international team players.”
Hill just returned to the island for the Christmas holiday and is presently in quarantine at a guesthouse, However, increased restrictions means there isn’t likely to be any football for him to watch while he is here.
“I don’t know if there is going to be any football while I’m home, but I do know of a lot of the young boys already,” Hill said.
“I’m reaching out to those particular boys who have not gone overseas to school, who are looking for some guidance. I’m here to have a discussion with them and hopefully put something together.
“Brooke House is actually a football academy, academics and football, no other sports, cricket, hockey or swimming.
“It’s an accredited football academy and play against Sky Bet Championship teams and League One teams so the opportunity to be seen is there every day.”
Hill added: “There is a great diversity at the school, kids from all over the world.
“There are 40 different nationalities at the school and I would personally recommend the school to anybody who is interested in their son developing and going to school at the same time.
“I’m here to give some guidance on some of the things you need to be looking out for, depending on what you want for your son. Some may want their son to go to school and play a little football.
Many Bermudians have relocated to the UK, to seek opportunities not just for themselves but also their young sons who may have football aspirations.
Hill is doing that for his own son, now 16, who has been at Brooke House College for three years.
Deniche is the same age as Ajani Burchall, who made his debut as a substitute for Bournemouth last weekend, the third youngest player to play for the club.
“I relocated like how Ajani’s father, Shannon Burchall, relocated with him when he was 12 years old,” Hill added. “I send my congratulations to Ajani and his family because of what he’s accomplished at just 16. That’s huge for him, his peers and his country. He’s giving young people hope.
“He came from humble beginnings, played at North Village. He’s my cousin, I speak to his dad every day about our boys and I’m just excited that the opportunity presented itself.
“There’s no telling where it will go from here, this is just the beginning. If you’re good enough, you will be seen in the UK.
“Being in the UK, I’m ‘boots on the ground’ as they say, and it’s different when you’re actually there as opposed to being here and trying to put everything together for an individual.”
Hill added: “Because my son attends the school, I decided to relocate to be with him. In doing that I built a relationship with the director.
“This will be his third year there. They see Deniche on and off the field and asked me ‘are there any other kids in Bermuda that you can recommend’ and that’s when we sat down.
“I don’t think I would have my son anywhere else, unless it was at a club. ”Hopefully that’s going to happen or him.”
For further information contact Hill on e-mail at email@example.com or on Facebook.