It’s great when any of our players receive recognition from beyond the club, especially when that acknowledgment comes from their national identity.
In the first team set-up we have three full internationals with Greg Draper, Steve Evans and Steve Saunders having represented New Zealand, Wales and Scotland respectively.
Certainly of no-less value and importance, we also have a number of players that have been recognised from U21 level through to various age-groups within their respective national set-up.
Last week, added to the impressive list that we already have here at Park Hall, were Harry Bower and Ben Clark. Harry was called up by the England Colleges FA while Ben’s pathway was via the Independent Schools FA.
On a personal level I’m thrilled when any of our youngsters receive international recognition. We’ve had a number recognised by Wales in recent months but unfortunately the FAW did not allow any media representation at the games themselves.
This time though there were no issues and so late morning I set off for the English FA’s very impressive St. George’s Park complex in Staffordshire.
Sitting in the spectator area I was pretty much like a parent at the school play. There are lots of other kids there but it’s your child that you’ve been really come to see.
Perhaps not quite as focused though, as I did enjoy the game and viewed it from the wider perspective, rather than just Ben and Harry’s involvement.
It was great to interview them on the pitch immediately following the game, as they still proudly wore their shirts. I think it’s important to chat with regular first-team players but equally so to widen the net.
One of the main motivations for covering the game was to show the wider TNS footballing family that it’s not just the men’s first team that we’re interested in.
Whether it’s Brobbel or Bower, Clark or Cieslewicz, whenever there’s something going on, we want to cover it. That also includes TNS Ladies as well, and as you know if you follow the news updates on the site, we also give them high profile publicity.
This week’s title by the way, if you’re not familiar with it, is inspired by the well-known line from Shakespeare’s Henry V.
Finally, as this is the last column before Christmas Day, I wish you a wonderful, happy and blessed festive season. Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd!
Rev’s Ramblings is a weekly blog insight into my involvement with the champions of Wales. You can check out all the previous entries via the ‘News’ link at the head of the page.
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