During the half-time interval at last Saturday’s home match against Cardiff Metropolitan University, we celebrated our Academy players of the month for November.
First-team striker, Greg Draper, presented each of the winners with their awards on the pitch.
Head of Academy, Jason Brindley, talks us through each of the winners below.
Under 7 – Macsen Baker
Under 8 – Spencer Taylor
Under 11 – Jayden Valentine
Under 12 – Rhys Pettigrew
Since Harry had the news from Everton Academy that he’d been let go, a lot of 13/14 year olds would have let that affect them and use it as a setback. With Harry, he has seen this as an opportunity to work harder and be better and used this as motivation. He’s put in some fantastic performances throughout November and Harry has also not missed any training sessions since returning.
Under 15 – Dylan Dwyer
Dylan has been a consistent performer for our U15’s all season and is every coaches’ dream to work with. Dylan’s ability to manipulate the ball in tight areas is incredible, along with his decision making in and around the box, as well as his desire to press/regain the ball in transition.
We’ve been working on Dylan’s relationship with our full-backs as one of his IDPs over the past few weeks and it was great to see us score 3 goals vs Rochdale from attacking in wide areas. Keep up the great work Dyl.
After suffering several injuries at the start of the season, Ryan continually worked hard towards regaining his fitness and this month is where he started to perform at a level I know he can play at.
He’s been the standout player among the group for a number of weeks and has worked terrifically hard in his games. I’m so pleased to have him fully fit and his attitude towards getting himself fit again was brilliant.
James has adapted well to life as a full-time performance phase player after a difficult start. His movement and energy anywhere across the front 4 is frightening and he has scored some vital goals already this month. A very well liked character within the phase and James continues to go from strength to strength.
Speaking afterwards, Jason said:
“Congratulations to all of our Academy players of the month for November. November has been an exciting month for all involved, with some exciting fixtures for our youngsters, as well as the Academy Cup Super6 beginning for our U12/14/16s.
“The New Saints Academy are the only Academy from North Wales that have qualified with all age groups since starting, and we are very proud of this.
“We now approach the half-way stage of our Academy programme and the development of all players in the first-half has been superb. Every evening, The Venue is alive with energy. It’s a great place to be to learn and develop your football skills and knowledge.
“Players of the month are chosen on different aspects, including quality in training, attitude, commitment and behavior. These are just a couple. It’s proving difficult to chose just one, due to the quality of the players, which makes winning the award even better. Well done all!”