This weekend just passed was one of the rare occasions where we have all our football family together at the same time.
Over 200 players represent The New Saints FC and it was great to see all together for our full football club photo.
The club is made up of over 25 first team players, 30 Scholarship players and 150 Academy players from U7 to U16. It was fantastic for our youngest players to be around the first team players they support and idolise and also for our older phase players to rub shoulders with players they hope to emulate very shortly.
We also did all our squad photos before our first team fixture against Carmarthen Town. Despite the weather changing during the photos they have come our really well and will be ready for parents to purchase along with individual photos for Christmas.
After our first team’s 5-2 victory, The Venue at Park Hall performed a free firework display which was watched in awe by our young Academy players.
Also this weekend we welcomed Shrewsbury Town to Park Hall Stadium to face our U10s and U11s. It was great to see how far we have come as an Academy in recent years with our performances. We feel our football provision and individual player development is as good if not better than others in the area and I feel that definitely showed with our performances.
On Sunday our U12/14/16s completed their FAW Super6 fixture before the Christmas break by welcoming Rhyl and Flint Town to Park Hall Stadium. We now look forward to competitive Futsal over December and January as well as some high standard friendly fixtures.
Our U13s and U15s faced Flint Town United in Development Phase friendlies and showed good understanding of recent training topics with some great performances.
Finally, Jason Brindley concludes with personal thoughts on the weekend:
“It’s been a crazy, busy weekend for all involved with The New Saints FC but definitely a memorable one. It was brilliant on Saturday to have all our football family together at the same time and to see our youngest players in the same photo as their first team heroes. It was a bit manic having over 200 people to organise but a huge thanks to Chief Operating officer Ian Williams and Official Club Photographer Brian Jones for their work on the day, especially as the conditions changed and we had to adapt.
In terms of football, very positive performances by all that played. The benchmark has risen in recent years and it’s great to see. The challenge is to continue to raise the standard and continuously push ourselves.
We look forward to welcoming an Australian touring team to Park Hall midweek and also The New Saints Community Foundation Christmas float through Oswestry town on Saturday where we aim to turn Christmas green and white this coming weekend.”
Report: Jason Brindley