Last weekend, all of our Academy age groups were in action, from our youngest – the U7s – to the oldest – the U16s.
On Friday evening, our U12s travelled to face high flying League 1 side Shrewsbury Town at Shrewsbury College. On Saturday we welcomed Cheshire side Newton to Park Hall Stadium, as they faced our U10s and U11s.
Our Community Foundation U13s travelled to face Team Elite from Manchester in the JPL Cup.
On Sunday morning all age groups were in action. We welcomed Caernarfon Town to Park Hall Stadium to play our U7s through to the U11s. All our age groups were proudly showing off their new playing kit and looking extremely smart and professional.
Jason Brindley: “It is always a pleasure hosting Caernarfon, they are continuing to improve as a club and as an Academy, and that is evident. Thanks to all their players, parents and coaches for making the journey from north Wales.”
Our U13s and U15s travelled to Bangor City to play friendly fixtures. Brindley commented: “We faced them on the grass pitches at Bangor University in difficult conditions but it was a good challenge for our players. You don’t always get to play on carpets like Park Hall, so it’s good to see players adapt their game. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves, that is what football is like in reality at times, so a good experience on that front.”
Our U12/U14/U16s completed their final FAW Academy Cup phase 1 fixtures away to Cefn Druids, with places in the second phase Super6 still up for grabs. “Our U16s started the day and came out of the blocks early with a fantastically-worked goal to take the lead in the opening moments. Cefn Druids responded well and it was a very even game until late on when the U16s scored a couple of goals to kill off any hope of a Druids comeback.” added Jason, the Head of Academy here at Park hall.
“Our U12s followed in a must-win game that would have seen either team win the group. It was a stand-out performance from our youngsters, they all worked tirelessly for each other and it was great to see. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with great football played. It was quick and exciting, yet they really pulled together defensively.”
Our U14s finished the day and continued their recent good form with another fine performance. This particular age group is playing some exciting football and it’s great to see how they have developed over the course of the season already.
Many thanks to Jason for his help in compiling this Academy report. The main man concludes: “We don’t always publicise our results; we aren’t in the result business but the development of the individuals and teams. That is what the emphasis is all about throughout the youth section of the club.”
“Obviously players and coaches want to do well and win games; we are a winning club all the way from the first team down. We want that winning mentality throughout the club and I feel we have that. But not winning at the expense of development.”
“However we want to celebrate success as it is earned. Congratulations to our U12s, U14s and U16s for all qualifying top of their groups as they progress into the Super6 of the FAW Academy Cup.”