Kaiyne signs for Bolton
on August 18, 2014
A massive congratulations to SEFA Scholarship product Kaiyne Woolery who has secured a professional contract with Bolton Wanderers.
Kaiyne came through the SEFA Academy system, starting with us as a keen 11 year old back in 2006 before completing our Scholarship at Swadelands between 2011 and 2013.
During his time as a Scholar Kaiyne fired SEFA to the English Colleges Trophy title, grabbing a superb hat trick in the final at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium.
In addition to representing SEFA, Kaiyne spent his first year as a Scholar also representing Redhill before moving onto Maidstone United in the summer of 2012, playing in the club’s inaugural game at the Gallagher Stadium against a full strength Brighton & Hove Albion side. Kaiyne went on to make 32 appearances for the Stones as they won promotion.
Upon completing his Scholarship in the summer of 2013, Kaiyne became the first SEFA Scholar to become a full time professional footballer after signing for Conference Premier side Tamworth.
The highlight of Kaiyne’s time at Tamworth saw him play in the FA Cup first round against Bristol City.
However despite interest from Burnley and fellow Premier League side West Brom, he has opted to move to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.
Kaiyne, speaking exclusively to SEFA said: “I’m absolutely buzzing, it’s a big step up in the level of football and it’s something I will have to get used to but it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.
“It’s like a dream come true to sign for a club like Bolton because of how big of a club they are, the stadium is excellent and the training facilities are out of this world.
“So far it’s been great and I’m enjoying every minute if it. The gaffer [Dougie Freedman] is big in bringing youngsters through and that is a huge thing given my age. The club has made me feel very welcome and I feel comfortable here and that is a massive thing. The training looks brilliant and is played at a high intensity just as if they were playing a game.
“Like every footballer I hope to break into the first team and earn my place. I hope to achieve a greater understand of the game and the position I play to help me have an even bigger chance of making a name for myself in the game and I think I can do that at this club.”
Kaiyne also took the time to reflect upon his time as a Soccer Elite player: “SEFA helped me massively over the 2 years I was a Scholar. The first thing was getting in to full time training which helps you come on so much but you don’t understand it until you do it.
“The training sessions were always at a high intensity and playing with top quality players helped me too. We played against so many professional clubs and that gave me the chance to see what I needed to do to get into the pro game.
“Working with SEFA made me mentally and physically stronger, the sessions were brilliant and the way they wanted and coached us how to play was total football.
“I would recommend the SEFA Scholarship to everyone who wants to do what they love. They provide you with the best equipment and training kit so you feel the part, the coaches are the best around and they know what there doing. It’s a great opportunity to improve as a player and also an individual because you are around the right people who will show you the right way.
“You play against pro clubs so you are always on show and SEFA ensure we get the best nutrition by supplying us with Herbalife products for before, during and after we train and play. This has played a key role in my overall physical and mental development and preparation. SEFA are a very keen on ensuring us as players get everything you would receive at a pro club and more, the attention to detail is unbelievable.”
“SEFA has been a big part in my life and now that I have left, they still support me in every way. If I pick up the phone I know they are always on the other end. If I need any supplements they are the first to offer and give me them. If I need any advice I go to them and because they have done it themselves they know what to do and always steer me in the right direction – they still offer a lot to me even though I’m not there and I’m grateful for this.”
SEFA Director Tony Browne, who spent two years coaching Kaiyne daily alongside Scott Lindsey, is understandably delighted with Kaiyne’s achievements: “We are all extremely proud of Kaiyne who has been with SEFA for 8 years and has always been one of the most dedicated and committed players we have worked with.
“I believe that Kaiyne has the potential to keep progressing higher in the game, his attitude and ability to learn and work hard has always set him apart and now he has another great opportunity to develop himself further at a big club.
“This news once again reaffirms the SEFA Scholarship as the place to be for the aspiring footballers of Kent. Our focus is always on the development of our players and this is now paying dividends for the likes of Kaiyne, our players now taking part in Scholarships in America and all of those getting paid to play in non league.
“With coaches like Andy Hessenthaler and Nicky Southall on board with our Scholarship scheme there really is no better time to get involved. Players train daily with superb coaches and have the chance to take part in our showpiece fixtures which in the past have included the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Southampton.
“There are a lot of talented players coming through our scholarship programmes and gaining first team experience at an early age just like Kaiyne. The pathway is there for others to follow and with our contacts in the game we look forward to other SEFA players progressing into the higher leagues of professional football.”
“We got Kaiyne a trial at Redhill where he impressed and was placed straight into the first team aged 16. I played at centre back and Kaiyne played up front and we looked after him as he took part in his first experience of first team football. We always helped Kaiyne on and off the pitch with support and advice especially as interest built in him.
“We have similar partnerships and friendships with other clubs around the South East including the likes of Whitstable, Ramsgate and Tunbridge Wells and it is through these clubs and others that we expose our players to competitive first team football.
“We also have a formal link with Maidstone United and Lee Spiller and [Maidstone United manager] Jay Saunders are friends. Maidstone gave Kaiyne first team football and a good non league grounding in front of crowds of 1500 plus. The partnership will be a formidable force in the years to come with the player pathways and opportunities we can provide together sure to continue; current SEFA Scholars Aaron Simpson and Ellis Iandolo have both been involved with the Stones’ first team this season and no doubt they will be looking to follow in Kaiyne’s footsteps.
“Then of course there is Andy Hessenthaler and Nicky Southall and their huge web of contacts, and in addition former Scholars coach Scott Lindsey who helped Kaiyne get to Tamworth and is now the Under 21 manager at Swindon Town. All the above proves we really can provide for every player and have links into every level of the English game.”
Finally, Tony’s fellow director Lee Spiller summarised: “The news about Kaiyne is exactly what we set SEFA up to do. Kaiyne highlights the years of hard work that goes on as an Academy player before progressing into the Scholarship programme.
“Kaiyne is somebody who from day one bought into the SEFA philosophy and continually wanted to listen, learn and improve his game. The Scholarship took him to the next level and he took advantage of all the opportunities available to him and he is now reaping the rewards; from games against pro clubs to the dietary and nutritional help Kaiyne took everything on board. The Herbalife nutritional products that Kaiyne used and we continue to supply to our players compliment specifically tailored diet and gym programmes designed by our professional back room team – ensuring our players our totally prepared and ready to compete with the country’s best players.
“Players are continually developing through our player pyramid and this is what we as coaches strive for. Kaiyne has become a mentor for many of our young players and deserves every success in the future. I know he wants to help other SEFA players to follow in his footsteps because that’s the type of character he is.
“We are excited to be right here beside him to support and educate him as he continues on his professional journey.”