Pre-season is in full swing at The New Saints’ Academy, and following on from the fantastic learning experience at the Manchester International Super Cup, we welcomed multiple teams to Park Hall Stadium for fixtures last week.
On Tuesday, Aberdare U13s travelled from south Wales to face their TNS counterparts. It was a great experience for all players, one which they thoroughly enjoyed, walking out of the tunnel onto our Champions League first-team pitch.
On Wednesday we welcomed local side, Oswestry Boys Club, who played our U12s.
Our Community Foundation Team, led by Kieran Lee-Birch, held the very first Be A Pro Day. The event was open to all – Academy and non-Academy – and gave players a full day of training and insight into what it takes to become a professional.
This included a healthy eating workshop, led by Academy Coach, Nick. We had more than 30 players in total and it was a fantastic day. You can book into the next one, which is this coming Friday (11th) by contacting Kieran at: Kieran.Lee-Birch@tnsfc.co.uk
Last weekend, our U15s travelled to face Bury, at Carrington Training Complex, which is where Manchester City used to be based. Although they have since moved on, it is still a fantastic facility. The boys played extremely well, in spite of several players missing due to holidays.
We welcomed Risca United to Park Hall, as another team travelled from South Wales, to face our U10s and U11s.
Jason Brindley was very pleased with the game as he commented, “Both of our Academy age groups were amazing. Our U10s are so hungry to go out and play well, and it is brilliant to see players so young understand and play the TNS DNA.”
He then went on to highlight the pathway from the Academy, not only into the TNS first-team, but also the wider footballing world as well. “We currently have two players from that group trialing at Manchester City and another pair at Everton.”
“It shows the calibre of players that we are developing at the Academy now.” Jason continued, as he added, “The training programme and fixture programme is first-rate and shows how far we have already come.”
On Sunday, our youngest age groups entertained local side Brickfield Rangers, with fixtures at The Venue.
The U7s game in particular was end-to-end and had a lot of good goals scored by both teams. It was great to see players enjoying the beautiful game at such a young age.
Our Development Phase groups U13s and U16s played Airbus UK Broughton’s Academy in two very good games.
For more information on TNS’ Academy, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org