TNS Academy Round-Up Including Games At Blackburn Rovers

It’s been another positive month at The New Saints FC for all things Academy. Our season is now up and running with our detailed training schedule taking place. Our new training and playing kit has also arrived and all players are looking extremely smart.

Our U10s are pictured in their playing kit in their recent fixture at Park Hall Stadium before our senior men’s first team fixture against Llandudno FC. Our U10s and U12s both faced-off against the north Wales side prior to the game.

Also at the first team game was our Academy Under 15 age group. They received complimentary hospitality before completing an in-house CPD event, looking at the playing style of the club and certain players and positions.

Academy Director, Jason Brindley, commented:

“It was a great turn out from our U15s, with coaches Rob and Ian. We feel that it is extremely important and beneficial for the players to do these in-house CPD events and who better to study and observe than the players you one day hope to emulate.”

“It helps the overall understanding of our club philosophy, playing style and DNA. Our U15s are a very talented group and I feel that they got a lot from the event. We aim, with our youth system, to challenge our players on and off the field.” Jason continued.

“You don’t just have to be technically good, we aim to challenge players effectively through the four corners to assist their individual player development.”

Our U12s/U14s/U16s began their Academy Cup Campaign with competitive fixtures away to Newtown before playing Airbus UK Broughton at Park Hall Stadium on Sunday.

The first phase is split into three groups, with the top two teams from each group progressing into the Super 6 league. Sharing the group with our young Saints is Newtown, Airbus and Cefn Druids. Each team plays each other once in the group stage.

We travel to The Rock, the home of Cefn Druids,  next weekend when the groups will be decided.

As well as our older Academy players, our youngsters enjoyed another great day on the road, this time to one-time English Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers. Our minis have had some fantastic fixtures recently against some of the top Academies from around the UK. Our U8s were incredible and our U9s maintained their great recent form.

To finish off a positive weekend, the Foundation Phase age groups competed against Cefn Druids at Park Hall Stadium. “It was great to see a few familiar faces in the Druids’ squads and I liked the way our players made them feel welcome – always a part of our TNS Family.” commented Jason Brindley.

“Our TNS Foundation Teams in the U13 and U15s have also started the season positively in the JPL, both winning their opening fixtures. Next week they are in cup action. It’s a new venture for the club and we are delighted that we can fulfil the fixtures through our Community Foundation work, which is extremely positive and exciting.” he concluded.

Many thanks to Jason Brindley for his help in compiling the report. You can contact him concerning TNS Academy matters at jason.brindley@tnsfc.co.uk