A panel of former footballers and managers, including BT Sport football pundit David Ginola, will lead the search for the UK's best amateur footballer in the Budweiser Open Trials.

Former Premier League managers Steve Clarke and Alex McLeish and former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour will join Ginola on the panel, for a search which culminates in a showpiece match at Wembley Stadium in front of Premier League scouts.

The four will assess players in a final assesment at St George's Park, following a series of regional trials.

The entire search process will be filmed by BT Sport, with the final documentary aired on FA Cup final weekend in May.


I’m really looking forward to seeing what talent is out there and helping to mentor them

BT Sport football pundit | David Ginola

The process starts with six regional trials from which 126 players will be selected for a final assessment at St. George’s Park.
Clarke, McLeish, Ginola and Parlour will be there to choose the best players and will then manage and coach the two squads of 16 that make it through to the Wembley match.

Clarke and McLeish will manage the two teams, with Ginola and Parlour acting as coaches, and BT Sport Football expert David Ginola is excited to be involved with the search.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing what talent is out there and helping to mentor them through the Budweiser Open Trials in association with BT Sport. I was lucky enough to play at the old Wembley and it’s a truly magical experience for all footballers.”

A series of professional-level drills have been created for the first round of the trials by Newcastle United assistant manager, John Carver. The scorecard-based tests are designed to assess the technical and physical ability of each of the trialists, with the highest-scoring players progressing to The National Football Centre, St. George’s Park, and then to Wembley.

Christian Flouch, senior brand manager of Budweiser UK, said: “Budweiser Open Trials is an opportunity to prove it is never too late, and with Steve Clarke, Alex McLeish, David Ginola and Ray Parlour leading the search, we have some of the most knowledgeable coaches and former players in the game.

"This experienced team will bring the best out of the trialists and help a lucky few realise their Wembley dream."

Grant Best, BT Sport's senior channel executive producer, is thrilled to announce the channel's involvement. He added: "All the drama of the FA Cup will be typified by the trialists and we're delighted to be bringing the stories behind the Open Trials to BT Sport viewers.”

Keep checking the BT Sport website for all the latest information.

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