The weekend just gone was another exciting one for The New Saints FC Academy, which included numerous games for all age groups.
On Friday evening, our U9s, U10s and U11s travelled to north Wales to face Bangor City Academy, prior to our first team’s opening game of the JD Welsh Premier League season.
The games were played on Bangor’s 3G pitch, with Academy players then supporting our first team in their game. Thanks to all the players and parents for making the journey and for their support.
Sundays are for football as far as The New Saints FC Academy is concerned and that was never more evident than the one just gone, with some A-list fixtures and experiences on the menu.
Our U11s travelled to face English Premier League opposition Stoke City. The match was an extremely tight affair, with both teams playing some exciting football as the game flowed from end-to-end.
Our U10s had a much different experience at Wolverhampton Wanderers. They were invited to participate in a football festival – a tournament with a difference.
The festival – including Leicester City and Swansea City – was player-led and had lots of mini-games and challenges, as well as a 7v7 competition.
Included were lots of one-on-ones, 4v4s, header-tennis and corner challenges.
Jason Brindley commented, “Our U10s are an exciting group and it was fantastic to be offered the opportunity and experience for our young Saints. All players loved it and I was very impressed with how well run and forward-thinking the day was.”
Back at Park Hall, we welcomed Hereford United to face our Development Phase age groups. The U12s and U14s games were close as the teams were evenly matched.
Our U15s did very well and are looking good going into the Youdan Tournament in Sheffield next weekend.
Bringing his thoughts on the U16s game, Jason Brindley added, “They had a fantastic first-half where they took the game to Hereford and scored some really well-worked goals.”
“Hereford were impressive in all age groups and always looked to play out from the back and tried to get it down and play which was refreshing.”
We have another great week ahead, with exciting fixtures against Chester City, Fleetwood Town and Manchester City, as well as the U15s tournament.
Many thanks to Jason Brindley for providing the information for the report. You can contact him for all things Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The photographs in the article are from the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.