“It’s extremely rare for one club to have all three age groups make it into the top tier, and the coaches and myself are extremely proud of the effort put in and the improvements made by the boys over the last few months.”
It’s been quite a week for our Academy!
Last week saw four of our academy boys (born in 2004) chosen for the North Wales Academy Squad.
Jac Roberts, Ethan Roberts, Liam Sykes and Tomos Hughes were all called up to attend regional squad coaching sessions, to be held at TNS throughout the remainder of the season.
Academy Director Clive Rushton was quick to sing the praises of the four players all of whom have come through the clubs academy junior ranks ‘it’s fully deserved in that they all possess exceptional ability, and have something to give at a higher level’ said Rushton.
‘Jac, Liam and Tomos are all members of our successful under 14s side, whereas Ethan is still playing for the under 13s, although we coach him within our 14s age group.
The hope now is that the boys make the final cut when the squad is reduced in number next June. The final step would then be to make the National squad, and I genuinely believe they can achieve that’
Meanwhile, over the course of the weekend our academy had a highly successful run of games culminating in all of our league sides reaching the FAW Academy Elite League.
The FAW break their fifteen academies into three mini leagues of five with the top two in each progressing through to play in the ‘Super Six’ for the remainder of the season - with the winners then playing their counter parts in the South for the National title.
‘’It’s fantastic that all three age groups have made it’ said Rushton. ‘We’ve been aware of the ability within the three sides for a number of years, but the way they boys qualified on Sunday was simply outstanding.
Within our 12s we brought in four new players in the summer all of whom have settled in to our academy style of play really well, and to date have won all five games culminating in beating Bangor 2-1 in a close game on Sunday’.
Our under 14s under James Parry needed a stunning goal from Tomos Hughes volleying home from over twenty yards to see off a talented Bangor side, whilst our 16s left it to the last few minutes before a Lloyd McElroy penalty ensured Grant Montgomery’s side also made it through to the Elite League.
‘Bangor have an excellent academy structure, and to beat them across all three age groups was particulary pleasing for us.
It’s extremely rare for one club to have all three age groups make it into the top tier, and the coaches and myself are extremely proud of the effort put in and the improvements made by the boys over the last few months.
They’re playing at pace, moving the ball quickly, ensuring that we pass and move in all areas of the pitch. It’s great to see, and I think all three sides have a genuine chance of progressing towards the National Finals in Cardiff next April.’
Last Thursday our under 13s beat a strong Liverpool select side 2-1 with Alfie Vaughan again outstanding in midfield, and Ethan Roberts also playing exceptionally well on the left hand side.
On Saturday our 8s and 9s comfortably beat Airbus, which hopefully means we have talent coming through not only in our youth sides but within the foundation groups as well.
It promises to be another terrific season for our academy with over twenty new players having come in over the summer, all of whom have settled in extremely well.
Updated 15:14 - 10 Oct 2017 by Sam Williams