Academy Round-Up, Including Blackburn Rovers, Everton And Leicester City

Over the weekend, our Academy experienced some top class fixtures against quality opposition, including three sides that have all lifted the top-flight English league trophy.

On Saturday we welcomed Connah’s Quay Nomads to Park Hall, to face our U8-U11 age groups. Jason Brindley commented: “Games against Connah’s Quay are always of a high standard and this weekend was no exception. Our U10s and U11s were on particularly fine form, playing some fantastic football.”

Meanwhile, our U13s and U14s travelled across country to play Leicester City. Both fixtures were extremely competitive, as the sides matched each other.

On the road at Leicester City

On Sunday, our U13s headed north to Flintshire to face Connah’s Quay Nomads, while our U14s welcomed Rhyl to Park Hall. Academy main man, Brindley, commented: “Both games provided different challenges, with Rhyl being a more physical team. Both matches were evenly-matched though in terms of football being played.”

Our U15s headed to Lancashire, as they took on Blackburn Rovers. This age group has been doing really well this season and were very competitive against strong opposition. They also played Connah’s Quay on Sunday at Park Hall, and again continued their excellent recent form, with some fine team moves and individual goals.

Also on Sunday morning, our U9s and U11s travelled to Everton’s extremely impressive Finch Farm set-up. Both age groups have been playing really well this season, living and breathing the ‘TNS DNA’.

A great experience at Everton’s Finch farm

Giving us his insight into the U9s and U11s, Jason Brindley commented: “Both are exciting, with forward thinking coaches Danny and Kieran.  Both coaches really understand the ‘TNS way’ and playing philosophy. It’s great to go to these venues against top opposition and impose ourselves in our own unique identity.”

Also on the road, our U12s ventured to Denbighshire to face Welsh second-tier side, Rhyl. They played really well and continued their form of late with another good performance. Our U16s were the opposite side of the coin as they welcomed Rhyl to Park Hall Stadium, to finish off an exciting weekend.

Sharing his thoughts on the U16s, Jason was extremely positive: “The eldest Academy age group is starting to look and feel like a proper team. Some of the movements off the ball are getting better and their understanding of the playing style is improving, with a few new players coming in this season.”

Finally, he summed up the weekend as a whole: “Overall it has been a great one for our Academy in terms of fixtures played, against top opposition. Already this season some age groups have played over 20 matches.

“It’s great to have these experiences with our club, not just the fixtures but also the quality of our detailed training programme. I’m looking forward to watching all players develop over the course of the season.”

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