It’s been a long but thoroughly enjoyable weekend for everyone involved with TNS’ Academy. All groups, from U7s right through to U16s, were involved in activity.
On Friday, the U10s / U11s / U12s and U13s travelled to the extremely impressive Landore training complex in south Wales, to face English Premier League side Swansea City.
Although it was a long journey, it was also a fantastic day out for our youngsters as they took on the Swans’ Elite Academy. Travelling on the TNS team bus, it meant that boys were able to experience the environment that the first team travel in. It’s good that we can expose them to the professional game.
On Saturday, as the first team entertained Bala Town in the JD Welsh Premier League, we invited players and families from our U7, U8 and U9 age groups to join us in hospitality.
As well as watch the game, the Academy players then took part in a session with their coaches as they were questioned regarding their observations of the game. It was really encouraging to hear some of the answers and to see how the grasp of the ‘TNS DNA’ was very real.
From the Under 9s, Leighton and Ryan commented how Routledge “ looks to receive the ball on different angles and that Edwards splits lots of lines to create opportunities. ”
The Under 8s’ Tommy and William spoke about the goalkeeper and captain, Paul Harrison. The former said that “he looks for short passes to defenders who are in space. ‘He is calm on the ball”
William added that “he looks for players out wide to pass to feet and looks to be positive.”
On Sunday we took our U9s through to the U16s to play Fleetwood Town at their fantastic new training facility. “For a Category 3 Academy it was extremely impressive; they definitely have big ambitions and you can see that from the investment at the club.” commented Jason Brindley.
Our U9s and U10s were involved in very tight games, with lots of goals and attacking play. Above all, it was good to see players enjoying the game and playing positive forward-thinking football.
Our U11s were the stand-out performers of the day. “Although using two Under 10 players in the team, their approach was breath-taking. They looked like a proper TNS team in miniature, in terms of playing style and mentality. It was a joy to watch.” enthused TNS’ Academy head coach.
Our U13s continued their recent good form with another good performance, putting them in good stead going into the Bourborg tournament next weekend in France.
Our U14 and U16s also had good performances against strong opposition.
Many thanks to Jason Brindley for his help in compiling the report. The main man concluded, It’s been a great weekend with our Academy, there was hardly time to stop and take a breath. Its great the experiences we are giving our players with fantastic opportunities to face the best opposition from around the UK and Europe.
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