Our beautiful summer continued this weekend, with glorious sun shining over Park Hall Stadium for our Academy fixtures, writes Jason Brindley.
We welcomed Stoke Regional Talent Centre to our first team Stadium to face off against the majority of our age groups. Stoke RTC have links to Stoke City FC Academy, almost like their development squads, while they compete in the Junior Premier League development league.
This is the second consecutive year that we have hosted them and you can see the development of their players within that period.
On Saturday morning we hosted their odd age groups. Our U10s faced local side Airbus UK Broughton which was an exciting game with both teams playing some great football.
Our youngest age group, our U7s, were also at The Venue, with an training session and watching some of the older age groups in action.
After the games and 7s training the boys eat together off our Academy menu. It is a special healthy menu devised by our brilliant kitchen staff at The Venue. We want to create the elite player learning environment within the academy.
Even at a young age attention to detail, nutrition/etc, is extremely important. At the youngest age groups its mainly planting a seed about what to eat/drink but also a huge assist in their social development, building relationships with players and their coaches.
It was great to see U7s eating on the same table at the end as our U11s. Our youngest and oldest age group within the Foundation Phase of our Academy.
On Sunday it was the turn of our evens age groups. Our U8s were in fantastic form and are a pleasure to watch, great little personalities. Our U10s game was exciting.
You can tell when you hear the volume of a scored goal from cheering parents the level of the game. Our U10s are another strong group. They have recruited well to what was already a good group and I look forward to watching them this season.
Our U12s and U16s concluded the day with two solid performances. Despite the season not officially starting yet we have already had over 30+ contacts in some groups.
With a lot of new faces coming in we feel that they have already started showing a good understanding of our TNS DNA and like I mentioned earlier, have been building good relationships with teammates.
For me as a coach its perfect also as I know have a full idea of where every player is at, what needs to be focused on in their first Individual Development Plan. And the fact that the season hasn’t officially started puts us in a great position for when it does.
We look forward to an exciting week ahead with some great fixtures. We face off next week against Wirral Schoolboys, AFC Telford, Rochdale, Airbus, Bangor, Cruzton Ashton and a player led football tournament at Wolves.
To top next week off though, we look forward to travelling down to the Nation’s capital and home of Cardiff City and the Welsh National team on Thursday.
Our first team are in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, facing off against Swedish side FC Midtjylland. We will be running Academy buses from The Venue to the game and back.
We call on all our Academy families to support our first team in what should be an exciting fixture.
A special mention to Under 10 player Evan who travelled to Gibraltar last week to support our first team.
The game finished 1-1 against Lincoln Red Imps with Dean Ebbe scoring the crucial equaliser.
It was great to see Ev at the game, huge commitment and one greatly appreciate by our football club.