Report by Jason Brindley
On Saturday morning (October 28 2017) English Premier League side Manchester United held a football tournament at the home of the Welsh champions.
Eight teams participated in the U10s tournament, including two from The New Saints FC Academy. Also in the league-style format were Airbus, Chester, Flint Town United and Rhyl.
Each team faced each other in a 1 x 20 mins game, with Manchester United staff keeping scores and updating the league table after each game. With a trophy up for grabs, also all games were close with teams playing exciting attacking football.
Both our Academy sides started very well and it came down to the fixture between the two to see who would take the trophy. Coaches Rob and Kieran were also hoping to stake bragging rights.
Overall on the day, it was superb to have so many youngsters playing at Park Hall Stadium and the pitch was alive with activity which is great to see. A huge thank you to Manchester United for the help in organising the event and for providing a trophy for the winning side. After the event United were full of praise for the facilities at hand at Park Hall and also the quality of football from all involved.
Personal thoughts from Jason:
“We have a good relationship with Man United, with regular fixtures against their youth teams. There are not many better clubs to have that with and it’s good that we can give that platform for our players to be seen also. Our U8s were also up at United this weekend to play them.
We are looking at building from this and then potentially the next tournament will be a regional one, with multiple tournaments across the UK and the winners going to like a Champions League style tournament up at United.
We are doing things right at TNS, looking after our players and educating them about our philosophy but also that professional culture.
We currently have two boys on trial at United, with two also at their close rivals City and one each at Liverpool, Wolves and Everton. It’s good that we are developing players now to this level and that they are getting opportunities to experience bigger clubs.
We want players to reach their potential and at The New Saints FC Academy we are certainly doing that and helping them now which is what it is all about.”
For more information on TNS Academy, contact Jason: Jason.Brindley@tnsfc.co.uk