It was a special weekend for The New Saints FC Academy, as we showed our respects on Remembrance Sunday, writes Jason Brindley.
While we look to teach our Young Players football skills and understanding of the beautiful game, some things are more important.
It’s huge that we teach the boys the importance of paying respects for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom that we enjoy today and can take for granted at times. Without the bravery of others, this wouldn’t be possible. It’s important to teach our players the importance and to pay their respect.
Midweek, we welcomed Flintshire School Boys to Park Hall stadium to play our U10/U11s mixed age group teams. Flint Schools were National Champions last season, and they always have good teams with a good catchment area of players.
Both games were very even with standout players on all teams. We thank them for travelling and look forward to facing them again in the future.
On Saturday morning, we hosted Bangor City Academy U9, U10 and U11s at Park Hall Stadium. Bangor always have strong age groups within their academy. They are very passionate about their football in North Wales and that definitely shows. You know you will always get a good test against them.
All three age group games were very good. It was pleasing to see players take on information from recent training topics. The U10s were in particularly impressive form. We set two team challenges prior to kick-off and then we asked the players to set themselves individual challenges. I asked them to set a challenge that wasn’t easy, the word challenge is kind of a hint, but it must be achievable. After the game I asked if they completed their challenge while we went around the changing room. It was good to hear the challenge they had set themselves and also if they achieved it, how and why?
As well as the Bangor game, our U8s had an additional training contact on the back of their fixture being postponed. You wouldn’t have been able to tell though, so were the smiles on their faces and the laughter heard.
Coach Kieran did a fun session with the boys. They’ve come on a lot over the past few months and they are a passing team, which for players so young is very rare. Often at the younger age, they get on the ball, get their head down and run with it. Obviously we want to teach them the technical aspects as much as possible at this young age as it’s huge, but to see them get their head up and the decision making process of when to pass or dribble is very impressive.
On Sunday, our U12s/U14s/U16s continued their FAW Academy Cup Super6 Campaign, away to Bala Town. Bala always prove tough opposition and this weekend was no different. All the games were evenly contested and we thank Bala for hosting the games.
Our U13s concluded the weekend, at home to Airbus UK Broughton. Our U13s showed great understanding of last week’s training sessions, on the back of their game against Connah’s Quay last weekend, working on positional understanding, focusing mainly centrally. The first-half particularly was very impressive. We moved the ball around very well and played thorough the thirds comfortably.
We thank Airbus for travelling and look forward to playing them again later this season.
This week we look forward to games against Llanfyllin, Coedpoeth, Chorley, North West Elite, Everton and Chester City.