Its being very busy at the academy over the past few months and we are very sorry that we are only getting to bring you right up to date with all the news at this current time.
Over the past ten weeks we have had a very successful block of sessions with our new group the "Mini Monkey's" on a Saturday evening. This group was aimed at boys and girls 5-7 years of age. We had a great response to this and it is something that we hope to continue to run over the next few months. We also had two groups of our academy minis for boys and girls aged 8 Years. This was a very successful group with over thirty players all coming in to start their football education with us. On the back of this successful block we are running an futsal tournament for this group starting in May
Our mainstream academy are currently heading into week 7 of our last 12 week block for the season. This new structure of Development Squad and Premier Squad has worked really well. The Development squad players have being working hard in the hope of promotion to the premier, whilst the premier squad players are doing likewise trying to hold onto a place within this squad. This has given each player good values and work ethic to want to try and achieve something. We were lucky enough to have three game related activities for these groups in the opening weeks of this current block.
Development Squad V Real FA Swans u10 Girls
Our younger players from the development squad all u9/10s played our club side Real FA Swans u10 girls in a friendly. Both groups done extremely well during the game. The academy boys shaded it on the score line but the u10 girls won the plaudits on the evening with some exciting football. This was great for our young boys to see how the girls passed and moved the ball and its being something that we have being trying to replicate over the past few weeks on a Friday evening.
Development Squad V Longford Town Academy
Our Development Squad u12s then made a trip to League of Ireland neighbours Longford Town to play a friendly/friendship game v their academy. This was a huge occasion for many of our players on the Sunday afternoon who were participating in their first ever game of football. From the moment we arrived Longford Town showed their class and had both teams change in the first team dressing rooms at the City Calling Stadium. James and Ashling then put on a brilliant presentation for both sides pre-match. The game was played on the back pitch of the stadium which was in excellent condition as the grounds man worked on the main pitch following Longford's win v Athlone Town on the Sat evening. The game was played with excellent pace and commitment by both teams. Both had many chances on goal but it was Longford who converted theirs to win the game 3-1. Post match both sets of teams got photos taken on the main pitch in front of the stand before being well refreshed with Pizza and drinks very kindly put on by our hosts.
Last Sunday week we brought our premier squad players to a tournament organised by Kilkenny United. This was an u12 boys tournament to which we travelled with a squad of 18 players to make up two teams of 9. Within our group we had 5 u10s , 3 u11s & just 10 proper u12s. Both our teams performed extremely well in the group stages where they faced League Of Ireland Academies in the likes of Kilkenny United, Wexford Youths and the powerhouse from Dublin Home Farm. Travelling down on the bus from Mullingar at 8am to the unknown we were looking forward to a fantastic day. However for our young sides to achieve what they did in the group stages was amazing. The friendly and competitive banter between our players and two academy coaches on each others exploits was brilliant, then a twist of faith was to ensure that our two teams faced each other in the third place final. This was to be the last game of the day. The boys were delighted to be playing against each although never loosing that competitive edge on the pitch. The result was irrelevant and Real Football Academy brought home their first trophy finishing the tournament in third place. An outstanding achievement by all involved.
Real FA Swans Club News
Our u16s Swans have had a mixed bag of results since we have being with you last. They currently stand second in the league and will hope to hold onto that position over the remaining five weeks of the season. They had an early exit in the cup competition over two legs to Birr Town who we wish the very best of luck to in the semi final. The girls are at home this week v Killeigh utd and as always your support would be greatly appreciated.
Our u10s are finished in their league for the season and have done extremely well this season. We hope that they will have a rematch v the academy boys before the end of the year and we also hope to get them a number of friendlies on the road before we finish up.
Our clubs academy or mini U6/8s continue to grow week on week with a few new members over the last few weeks. This session will continue to run right up to the end of April early May. Nicole, Olga, Zoe and all the girls that help out are doing a fantastic job.
International Assessment. Last week we had both Chloe Smullen and Ciara McManus up with the Irish u16s for a three day training camp. Both girls enjoyed the whole experience and reports are that they done extremely well over the three days. Chloe and Ciara are great role models for our young Swans and it shows all the girls at our club that if you are good enough then you will get you chance. Well done Chloe and Ciara keep up the great work.
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