Academy week started with a lot of fitness work with the players in preparation for matches this week. Hard speed endurance work followed by a technical session regarding receiving and moving the ball. We then followed this with a full 11 v 11 training match which was for 45mins to help with fitness but also to work hard when they were tired, ensuring all the technical information we had given them was fresh in the work they done. Very hardworking session but very beneficial to the players.
Everyone Active Sports Centre for an hours Spinning class followed by a session in the pool, which we let the lads use as a recovery to do what they wanted. Having this facility is adding to the lads sessions and what we as coaches are looking to give the players. One or two lads had knocks so they were able to go into the gym and work on other areas to maintain fitness and were then in the pool also.
Good warm up and stretching session followed by lots of shape work in preparation for a game the following day. Were able to work with the team who was playing the following day and also help with all the other lads who had their first youth team games the following night.
Match day for us v Rugby Town FC Academy. They brought experienced 2nd year players. We had 16 lads playing Thursday evening for our two youth teams in the Midland Floodlit League who weren’t available for selection, we also have lots still away or unavailable for the game as away for weekends so we were left with 15 players mixed up with 3rd years, new recruits and two new trialists. Hard fought game played on a quality pitch. Our lads conducted themselves very well, played some really good football at times and had clearly taken on what we had done the day before in terms of shape work. Missed some good chances with the Rugby Keeper pulling off at least 4 quality saves in the first half but we found ourselves 1-0 at half time. Despite playing so good football early in the 2nd half Rugby scored again to make it 2-0 and with 15mins left were still losing 2-0. The players kept playing and were growing more and more into the game and with us keeping pressure on Rugby we scored 2 quick goals from Harry Harking and stunning 20 yard half volley from Luke Beard to bring the game back to 2-2. Despite pressure and more chances for us that’s how the game ended. I was very pleased with the outcome and how we battled and got stronger as the game went on.
Friday 30th August
At Alcester Town FC ground, we are having an open trials day for players 16-19 years who would like to join our academy. If GCSE results haven’t allowed you to do your First choice and you want to play sports and stay in education, We have working in Partnership with Alcester to help and promote this. 12noon start till 1.30pm we are looking to recruit new players for our Academy for this season. Please contact myself, Steve Walker 07891508177 for more information