Over the extended weekend just gone, our Under 15s Academy age group participated in the Youdan Tournament. Held in Sheffield, the competition included both the city’s heavyweight clubs, United and Wednesday, as well as travelling teams from Ireland and around the UK.
It was a great experience for our players. They travelled to Yorkshire on Friday afternoon, played on both Saturday and Sunday, and then returned back to Park Hall on Monday afternoon.
In that time the players conducted themselves immaculately, both on and off the field. As a club we try as much as possible to incorporate professionalism throughout the Academy and that was never more evident than with this age group.
The team got off to a great start on Saturday, with two wins to take them through to the semi-final stage. Despite having opportunities on the Sunday, our U15s’ journey sadly came to an end. However, we are all extremely proud of the players and staff that represented the club so well.
We asked the travelling coaches, Nick and Rob, for their thoughts and you can read their collective response below.
“We are both extremely proud of the group that competed this weekend. We battled well and managed to make the semi-final, but it wasn’t to be.
The boys conducted themselves extremely well, on and off the pitch, and this was recognised by the tournament organisers, who were particularly impressed with how the boys represented The New Saints Football Club.
The socialising of the boys together in their downtime off the pitch has helped them bond together and enhanced the togetherness of the group.
We are very grateful to Youdan Trophy for inviting us to compete in the tournament this weekend and would love to continue to be part of future events with them.
Also, we would like to give a special mention to our goalkeeper, George Scott. George collected the Player Of The Tournament award and we are both pleased for him as he thoroughly deserved it.”
We caught up with George, as he shared his thoughts about the trip to Yorkshire: “I enjoyed the whole weekend from start to finish. The tournament was well organised and I enjoyed the three-night stay in Sheffield, as it meant we got to bond as a whole team on and off the pitch together and get to know each other a lot more.”
Rising to the occasion, George added: “It was a good experience to play against some very good sides in the tournament and a good opportunity to play in front of many scouts from all over the country.”
“I was really pleased to be part of the squad that attended, and I wouldn’t hesitate to come again if another opportunity arises.” he concluded, as yet another successful Academy weekend draws to a close.
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