Fiat Professional Tradesman Trials launched to find the next industry pro footballer

Published:  26 April, 2016

Fiat Professional, official partner of The Football League, has today launched the Fiat Professional Tradesman Trials, a national search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to make it as a professional footballer in The Football League.

The move from the trades to professional football is a well-trodden path. There is a long list of past and present players starting out as tradesmen including current Southampton striker and ex-Burnley and Queens Park Rangers striker, Charlie Austin who was a builder and former Wigan midfielder,

Tradesmen who think they’ve got what it takes to win the one month trial at a Football League club have until 12 June to showcase their skills by submitting videos of their footballing talent to

The best entries will then be invited to attend an exclusive Tradesman Trials day, in association with The Football League that will take place by the end of June, where they will be put through their paces in front of a selection of scouts and Fiat Professional’s football ambassadors. The winner will then select his preferred club from those signed up to the campaign and receive a £2,000 prize.

Andrea Patti, fiat professional marketing manager said: “Fiat Professional has a proud history of working closely with tradesmen and satisfying their varying needs in terms of mobility and transport. We know that a large percentage of them are football fans and we are proud to be a partner of The Football League.

“Our aim is to find the next big name who has the footballing ability, but just hasn’t had the right opportunity. We look forward to seeing the entries come through and the winner crowned at the end of June ready for what I am sure will be an incredible experience during the one month trial.”

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