HEYBRIDGE Swifts found themselves in the spotlight after playing host to a group of footballers from Spain and South America.

The event - dubbed 'England The Chance' - was the brainchild of Swifts full-back Guillem Ramon and gained international publicity, as well as notable support from Sky Sports' Spanish football correspondent Guillem Balague.

Ramon approached Heybridge manager and experienced coach Jody Brown about coaching a group of players interested in coming to play in England.

He and ex-Premier League player Glen Little put them through a week of intensive coaching, conditioning, team building and games, before they were given the opportunity to play in a showcase match in front of scouts and managers, invited from a selection of clubs from a range of levels.

"The week was a huge success and Heybridge Swifts' support of the event was commendable, once again illustrating the club's commitment to community, diversity and opportunity," said Brown.

"Fourteen of the 21 players have opportunities to return at various levels and ourselves at Heybridge are likely to make serious offers to two of the candidates.

"One young forward, a 17-year-old ex-Espanyol academy player, has attracted interest from a Football League club and looks likely to go in on trial imminently.

"We're delighted with the success and following the positive feedback from players, coaches and clubs that came down to watch, we've decided to run similar events for overseas players and coaches in the future.

"Guillem's idea has taken root and began to grow very quickly.

"The players integrated into the club and the community really well.

"They were a pleasure to work with, despite the often challenging language barrier."