Academy Players Of The Month – February

Following last weekend’s JD Cymru Premier fixture against Barry Town United, we celebrated our Academy Players of the Month for February in hospitality.

First-team goalkeeper and Academy Coach, Connor Roberts, gave out the awards this time around, with defender, Keston Davies, also filling in for one presentation.

Read the reasons for the choices, written by the players’ coaches, below:

U7 – Xavier Szczawinski

Xavi has a fantastic attitude to training, is a big character in the team, and usually the first one to sing TNS in the changing rooms. He always plays with a smile on his face and tries his best at every session.

Xavi has a 100% training attendance, including Friday technical sessions, since joining TNS and the results of all his hard work and commitment are starting to shine through. A pleasure to coach.

Well done Xavi, keep it up. 

U8 – Aron Jones 

Aaron keeps getting better week by week and he is a regular to the technical session on a Friday, which shows in his game. Aaron’s ability to control the ball and turn is a great attribute in his game.

Aaron is keen to improve himself and answers with confidence in team discussions. He is a lovely lad to coach and I look forward to the rest of the season.

U9 – Harry Dillon 

Harry has enjoyed a fantastic few weeks this past month. Harry works incredibly hard and has a great level of game intelligence, as well as the ability to break lines by both dribbling and passing.

Harry has great vision, and has shown clear improvement in his ability to cut teams apart with passes using various techniques. He has also improved his dribbling feints and skills, which has seen a new dimension added to his game. Well done Harry!

U10 – David Mlynarski

David has been a very important player this month for the U10s, scoring some important goals for the team, in turn keeping the squad’s good run of results going!

His effort and attitude in training has been reflected with his good performances in the games. Well done David.

U11 – Seb Kelly 

Seb has been brilliant for us all season. He’s able to outplay his opponent in 1v1s, has good vision, and always contributes to games with goals, assists or by creating chances. We’re delighted with Seb’s progress and are excited about his potential. 

U12 – Rui Clarke-Phillips

Rui has enjoyed a great February working in various positions. Rui’s ability to see passes and execute them with pinpoint precision is great, along with his incredible striking technique.

Rui enjoyed standout performances against Connah’s Quay and Newtown, where he moved the ball quickly, and was incredibly tenacious in his tackling. He also scored some fantastic goals in these games, with a fantastic first time chip versus Connah’s Quay and a wicked volley against Newtown which were very impressive. Well done Ru!

U13 – Jake Morris

Jake hasn’t just had a good month but a good season overall. He has started to develop leadership qualities and a real understanding of the game.

He often asks really intelligent questions on what his role is and what we want from him in various scenarios. He’s very skilful and moves really well on the ball, and can go both ways – in and out.

His link up play has really improved and that has shown in recent games, with some excellent performances. Above all, Jake is a joy to coach. He’s so fun and has an infectious personality, a great kid. Well done Noodles. 

U14 – Paris Gray 

Paris continues to develop and grow on an almost daily basis. He takes responsibility and demands standards of himself and others around him.

He’s another player who is growing a really good understanding and intelligence of the game and of players around him, from both teams. In the last game, he came to tell me the opposition had changed shape. It’s  really good to see his observation skills and awareness of the game.

Paris has a great hunger to improve, always listens, and takes everything on board. We’re looking forward to seeing him develop further under our programme. 

U15 – Osian Williams

Osian is in great form and is contributing massively to our performances. Osian has excellent close ball control, awareness and ball retention in tight areas.

In addition to this, he’s been working hard to improve his forward efficiency and positional understanding. We’re delighted with Osian’s progress and look forward to challenging him further over the coming months.

U16 – Tom Webster 

A really good month and few months if I’m honest for Webbo. He shows a great attitude and attendance within our Academy programme. He works hard for his team, but also has great quality on the ball.

I’ve been really impressed with him. He’s played a big part in our eldest Academy age group’s progression in both the Academy Cup Super6, but also the Wolves midweek development league, in which we are doing really well in both. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how he continues to develop over the remainder of the season and going into our scholarship programme next season. 

Speaking after the awards, Head of Academy, Jason Brindley said:

“Huge congratulations to all our Players of the Month for February. 

While we had a few games cancelled due to the bad weather, training has been spot on, with players working really hard and showing real quality. 

“It’s good to see the improvement of all players through the course of the season, and players are developing a variety of different skills in the four corners of development.

“This is aided by a team of high-skilled coaches, focusing on the individual and their own areas of development. We currently have three UEFA A Licence coaches delivering within the programme, alongside a handful of UEFA B Licence coaches.

“Kieran and Simon Spender have both been accepted onto the next FAW UEFA A Licence course, so the quality of the programme will only increase, alongside the detail the players will receive.

“Again this will be great for players development and the level of detail they will receive. Thanks to Connor Roberts and Keston Davies for presenting the awards, Rev for hosting, Brian for capturing the images and The Venue for their hospitality for players and families.”