Isaiah Blankendal | Left Wing/Attacking Midfielder
Standing At 5'9 and 138 lbs, IDA would like to welcome Isaiah Blankendal! His previous experience includes playing on the Western Stars Sports Club - Dandy Town U17 Youth Academy, PDL - Players Development League, Dandy Town Hornets Senior Team with the Bermuda Football Association and The Bermuda U15&U17 National Team.
We're so happy to have Isaiah part of our IDA family!
How did you hear about IDA?
"I heard about IDA from Richard Todd, a local coach in Bermuda. I had a game against his U17 team and he told me I played an excellent game so he invited me to the IDA camp that was being held."
What are your football (soccer) goals?
"My goals for football are to make it to the professional level and become a professional football player."
Favorite professional player and team?
"My all-time favorite Football player is Cristiano Ronaldo, however, I must include Marcus Rashford and recently Jack Grealish; My favorite Team is Manchester United."
Who did you speak with while making the decision to join the academy (your club coach, friends, family)? Can you tell us more about this decision making process?
"I spoke to my parents about joining the academy; I also knew that this was an opportunity to go abroad to showcase my talent and possibly take a few steps forward to my overall goal.
What does your family think about this decision?
"My family agrees with my decision because I’ve always wanted to go abroad to the UK to play football and develop into an even better player."
What are your expectations about the level of football in Europe?
"I know that football in Europe is very high paced and very physical, so I have to prepare myself and train accordingly to match and then eventually become better than the other players."