Academy Players Of The Month – September And October

On Friday evening, we celebrated The New Saints Academy players of the month from September and October, at our home fixture against Caernarfon Town.

As well as spending the night in hospitality, the winners were also presented with trophies on the pitch at half-time by Saints’ midfielder Tom Holland.

Under 7s 

Caleb Williams

Caleb has really matured as a player since joining TNS. He’s really focused in on our DNA and has really applied himself. He’s also strived to improve his individual performance and assist his team mates.

Teego Hayward

Teego has impressed in recent months by really working hard on his IDP. He always plays with a smile and has an infectious energy. Congratulations Teego.

Under 8s
Ethan Morris

Ethan’s a very likeable character with an infectiously bubbly personality. He’s an excellent dribbler, tough to beat in 1v1’s and works incredibly hard during every session and match. In addition to this, Ethan’s been working hard to improve his passing and receiving skills.

Harry Dillon

Harry D, otherwise known as Harry Kane for his excellent finishing skills, is a very funny, mischievous and intelligent young man. Harry’s very creative and confident in 1v1’s, makes good decisions in possession and works tirelessly for his teammates.

Under 9s

Marcel Olpilka

A fully deserved player of the month for September, with some excellent displays running at opposition and linking up to create chances and scoring goals. Marcel’s take on what has been coached and talked about into games, scoring a great goal against Airbus when it looked like it was impossible due to the angle.

Jenson McArdle


Jenson fully deserved October player of the month. A switch in position has worked wonders and Jenson has been excellent throughout the month playing in defence with a brilliant understanding of covering his defensive partner and looking to step in and play when possible. A really stand out player in October.

Under 10

Gruff Hamer 

Having recently started working with this age group, Gruff really impressed in training sessions and games showing his eye for goals and movement in behind. He’s a real pleasure to watch and a player I look forward to working with for the remainder of the season.

Louis Roberts

Louis is a brilliant character within the age group, showing great professionalism within games and training sessions, while taking all information from the coaches and showing his learning on and off the pitch. He’s always the first to put his hand up in discussions showing a great understanding for the game and is not afraid to share his opinion if it be different, which i believe is rubbing off on the group which is brilliant. Similar to Gruff, he’s a pleasure to coach and look forward to the rest of the season.

Under 11
Harry Mortimer

Harry has been fantastic during his first season at TNS and is a handful for any defender. His constant energy and intelligence, along with his movements to receive the ball and create space for others are a huge asset for the team. Even though Harry hasn’t been here long, he shows a great understanding of the way we play, pressing tirelessly and causing problem after problem for the opposition in the final third. His hard work along with his quality on the ball is valued massively by both myself and his team. From his fantastic turns in tight spaces, to his rocket strikes, he is a really exciting player to watch. Well Done Harry, keep up the good work!
Evan Roberts

Evan has gone from strength to strength these past few months, but his performance in October stood out massively. A colossus at the back, Evan’s standout performances came against Connah’s Quay and Airbus, where he played some great forward passes as well as making some unbelievable last-ditch tackles to save his team. His all-round game has seen a massive improvement, and he is a very knowledgeable and smart player on and off the pitch. He takes in all information and applies it straight away. He’s also an ever-present in training which shows in his performances. Well Done Ev!

Under 12

Jake Morris

Jake has made a great start since joining our Academy and seems to be getting better every contact. He is extremely skillful, can go either side of his opponent when isolating in 1v1s and has a very good final product, already assisting and scoring on numerous occasions.He works hard for his team and has really taken on-board recent IDP meetings, applying them in games and sessions. Keep up the great work!

Jakub Slosraczyk

Jakub is another player who continues to improve. He has taken on recent areas to improve and has been applying them in games and sessions. He has added goals and confidence in front of goal to his game which was never more evident in the recent game away to Port Vale. He scoring the vital goal by showing determination to get into the box and fully commit. He’s a very skillful player and important to how the age group play.

Under 13

Ethan Brown

Ethan has grown and developed into his role as fullback and is important to how the team play. He shows great commitment to training and matches and is an ever present. It’s a big year at U13 when you go from 9v9 to 11v11 and positional understanding starts becoming more important but Ethan has already started showing good understanding of ques and triggers to go and join in in the attack and when to provide balance and cover.

Henry Green

Henry has continued to develop at an extraordinary rate. Under the guidance of Academy goalkeeper coach and first-team goalkeeper Connor Roberts, Henry has excelled. He shows great reflexes, his distribution has improved and also communication, on the back of recent IDP meetings. Henry is an ever present at training and matches and his award is thoroughly deserved.

Under 14

Alfie Herd

Alfie has been putting in some fantastic performances in our recent fixtures. His training attendance is very good and is progressing into a young intelligent footballer with a great desire without the ball. He’s very calm and collective with the ball and does not panic when the opposition press.
Josh Evans 

Josh has really impressed me in recent training sessions and fixtures, following our meeting about his individual targets for the next six weeks. His work rate without the ball and desire to win possession back for the team within the transition period has improved, along with using his creative play in the final third.

Under 15

David Welsh

Welshy’s been a consistent performer all season and we’re delighted with his progress since he’s joined us in the summer. He brightens up every session with his humour and personality. Welshy’s an excellent passer, has an impressive understanding of the game and works tirelessly for his teammates. In addition to this, Welshy also likes to pop up with a worldie goal every now and again.
Harry Holland

Harry’s been at the club for a long time and is a very respected member of our team. Harry’s a hardworking full-back who’s difficult to beat in 1v1’s and has an excellent understanding of his positioning in and out of possession. Harry’s also worked hard on improving his attacking movements and quality of crosses into the box.

Under 16


Jack Parry

Jack has been outstanding for the duration of the month. His ability to play a pass short and long and to drive with the ball from CM are some of Jack’s best traits.
He has trained exceptionally well and applied a great attitude towards training and games and has truly deserved the award for September.
Mark Holdridge

With multiple injuries, I was looking for players to raise their game and Mark well and truly stepped up. His performances have been exceptional and he has been by far the most influential player in recent weeks. He is so calm on the ball and oozes class, what a great addition to the squad this season. I look forward to seeing what he brings in the coming months as he looks to kick on again and raise his game even further.

Under 19


Alex Brownhill


Since arriving from Llandudno, Alex has adapted well to full time football, playing in a number of positions and always giving 100% commitment especially in the tackle.

Ethan Short


Ethan has continued to impress with some eye catching performances and a brilliant work ethic. Well liked among the players, Ethan has settled in well and will play a huge part now that his clearance has come through to play on a Sunday for our under-19’s side.


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