This weekend was an extremely busy one for our Academy and football club, with numerous fixtures and events taking place over a gloriously warm couple of days, writes Jason Brindley.
On Saturday morning, our Community Foundation ran their showcase event, TNS in the Park, at Oswestry’s Cae Glass Park. The annual event, promoting all the different aspects of the football club, was one of the most successful yet, with a great turn out.
We had our own special Academy arena, where Academy coach Adam Herbert held various types of practices and small sided games for our attending academy players.
It was great for them to show off their skills and even more so when our first team players arrived.
The event had a great family feel, with Academy players and non-Academy players playing with/against our first team.
It’s great to get our club involved with the community and to engage with people, as we look to increase the awareness of the club and to grow our support.
You can see that events like these really help to create links and bonds.
A huge credit must go to all the Community Foundation team and volunteers for what was a great day.
Also on Saturday, we welcomed Hereford United to Park Hall Stadium to face our U13-16s. It was a different type of game to last weekend’s at West Brom.
All teams enjoyed more of the ball and some of the performances were fantastic. We haven’t officially started our Academy programme yet – that doesn’t begin until we return full time mid-August – but you can see the advantage now of the boys still attending sessions once a week and continuing fixtures.
The new players have started building relationships and are understanding our TNS DNA and playing style. I feel that as a result of this, we will be in a great position when the season officially begins.
Also in action on Saturday, our U12s travelled to Vauxhall Motors for a tournament. The tournament was as a result of Vauxhall officially opening their new club house.
The facilities are very impressive and the fact that they have two 3G pitches, as well as their first team grass pitch shows the ambition of the non-league side.
We were delighted to be invited, having a good relationship with both Vauxhall and their coach Peter. Also in action were Connah’s Quay, Pace Youth from Southampton and Allerton from Liverpool.
The tournament was well run, with different teams having their own style, providing a good opportunity to play against different challenges.
Unfortunately 5 minutes into our third game, 10 year old Nikolas Slosarczyk fell under a challenge and suffered a double wrist break. Nikolas is a fantastic young player, actually playing a year up with his older brother, to challenge him further.
Nikolas was extremely brave as he had to wait over 40 minutes for the ambulance to turn up and we were told not to move him. We are very proud of how calm he was and also the other boys who stood united together as a team.
You can really see the bond between the players. We wish Nikolas a speedy recovery and would like to thank everyone on the day that helped and the overwhelming messages of support we have received on Twitter.
To complete Saturday action, our U19 Performance Phase players participated in the local Graeme Edwards Memorial Trophy on Gobowen Playing Fields. The tournament is an annual event run by locals from Gobowen, raising money for Leukaemia.
We faced off against Llangollen reserves in our first group game. It’s a great opportunity for us to expose some of our players to senior football. The majority of our team were 16 years old and it was a great challenge.
Despite playing against senior players, the lads did really well, playing out form the back and controlling large spells of the game. With a number of new players receiving their first appearance for our Scholarship programme and with it being the first pre-season game, it was good to see the players in action.
On Sunday morning, we welcomed MCSS from Liverpool to Park Hall Stadium to face our U7/9/11s. MCSS are a well-run Liverpool based team and they were being coached by ex-Premier League player and Bangor City manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher. The games were all extremely competitive and we thank them for travelling down.
This coming week we look forward to supporting our first team in their UEFA Champions League fixture at Park Hall Stadium, calling on all our players and football families to get behind our team.