Last week we held our annual registration and presentation evening at The Venue, Park Hall, writes Jason Brindley.
This evening gave us the opportunity to meet players old and new and to outline our vision for the upcoming season. We have added some exciting new players to our programme, while also extending the schedule. We will have a bigger involvement from our first team players, and the detail to planning and session delivery is better than ever before.
We also gave a presentation on our club ethos and philosophy – our TNS DNA. It’s good to explain who we are, and why we play the way we play. We cover the TNS identity, culture and mentality – the three elements that make up our DNA.
They was a really good couple of evenings, and it was great to see all of our players and football families.
Over the weekend, we also got back to business, playing games.
On Friday evening, our Under 11s and U12s travelled to Blacon High School to face Chester Allstars. Chester Allstars are basically Chester School-boys, at the younger age groups. They always have really good players and both games were evenly contested. We thank Chester for hosting us and look forward to playing them again in the future.
On Sunday we had games arranged at Park Hall Stadium. It was a beautiful warm sunny day.
Our U8s started off the day, as they faced local grassroots side Borras Park. Our U8s have just moved up from U7s and we now look forward to developing them further with their extended games programme. We are providing additional contacts now, where we will be focusing even more closely on the technical aspects and mechanics involved. This will be over the full phase within the Foundation age groups and we are really excited about the addition to their programme.
Our U8s produced a really good performance and they were full of energy and fun, which was really good to see.
Our U9-11s had in house mixed sessions. These were really beneficial. We mixed the groups at times and also worked a bit on principle based game related practices. It was good to also have first team goalkeeper Connor Roberts working with our youngsters. Connor already heads up our Academy and Scholarship goalkeeper programme but is always keen to come in and help out.
Our Development Phase welcomed Llanelli Town to Park Hall Stadium for friendly fixtures. We hosted all Development Phase teams, from Under 12s to Under 16s.
It was great to get all the players in for games and all of the age groups were fantastic. I was really impressed with the fitness level of the players, considering we hadn’t trained for a few weeks. Also, the collective performances were superb.
It was good to see new players mixing and socialising and we were really delighted with the day. We thank Llanelli for travelling to us and wish them all the best for their upcoming season.
As we conclude, it was a positive week and weekend for our Academy. It’s always good at the start of new seasons to be full of optimism and to outline our plan and strategy for Youth Development. To reinforce the message. To meet our new football families and catch up with existing ones.
We look forward to a huge week ahead for the club when we play in the UEFA Champions League at Park Hall Stadium tomorrow. We are expecting a huge turnout of Academy players and I can’t wait to sit with them supporting our first team. Also on Saturday, our Community Foundation team host the annual event TNS in the Park. It is always a fun filled day. Hope to see everyone this week.