One Shot: The Football Factory: Sky release date

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New Sky documentary One Shot: The Football Factory follows young aspiring players in south London who dream of becoming top footballers

One Shot: The Football Factory is a four-part Sky Sports documentary that follows young people who believe football could be their ticket to a better life.

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Filmed in South London, the series features young players, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Although less than 1% of young players in football academies across the country go on to play professionally, the stark statistics have not deterred many.

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What is One Shot: The Football Factory about?

Filmed over 18 months in South London, One Shot explores the long struggles aspiring players endure in their quest to make it.

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The series goes to football cages on South London estates where youngsters play across the city hoping to be noticed by Boy Scouts so they can join a club.

But just getting signed to one trial is immensely difficult, let alone making it through an academy.

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Many footballers who go on to have a successful career have been part of a club since childhood – in many cases from the age of six.

For those who aren’t with a club but still dream of breaking through, the road to success is even more dangerous.

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The three men in the series all have hopes of becoming Premier League players – although figures suggest just 180 of Britain’s 1.5 million youth footballers will make the leap.

But for many young players today, difficult situations at home spur their aspirations and football offers hope of a way out of abject poverty.

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The documentary focuses on three young men and follows them through the ups and downs as they try to land a contract and pursue their dreams.

The documentary follows three aspiring young players

With players not affiliated with a club, they must pursue other jobs and face a brutal compromise of giving themselves enough time to pursue their goals and keep playing, and earning enough to survive.

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One of the players featured in the documentary, Yomi, works the late shift at McDonald’s and the early shift at Iceland, but still finds time to train in between.

The series also features players who have been dropped by professional clubs but are still trying to find a way back, starting over but can’t give up on their dreams.

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Others featured in the series are scouts, agents, and trainers who work to find raw talent in the cages and nurture new players to shape the next generation.

The parents of hopeful gamers will also share their perspective on what the game can mean for their sons and whether they think the risks involved are worth the potential rewards.

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Who is the moderator?

One Shot: A Football Factory is presented by South London-born actor and rapper Ashley Walters, also known by the stage name Asher D.

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Walters was a member of the Grage group So Solid Crew until their split in 2006 and has since released his own album and several singles.

Walters is best known for playing Dushane on the dark London crime drama series Top Boy, and he has also starred in Bulletproof and Safe House.

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Is there a trailer

Yes, there is, and you can watch it right here:

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When is One Shot: The Football Factory on TV?

The first episode of One Shot: A Football Factory airs on Sky Sports on Sunday 14 August at 9pm.

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The series consists of four episodes that are released weekly at the same time. All episodes are available now on NOW.

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