Academy mid-season update

Oliver SillsGeneral

Here is a mid-season update on the progress of Colwyn Bay F.C. Academy, provided by our Academy Director, Chris Thompson.

UNDER 8’s

The U8’s continue to improve both individually and collectively. The players are gaining in confidence with every game and have a better understanding of what is expected of them at Academy level. During the Futsal tournament we have been very competitive in all of the fixtures and gave one or two of the more established teams a fright. In the full games we continue to be competitive for long periods we just need to keep it up for the full game. We now have a good strong core to the team and we continue to work on developing the new players coming into the squad.

UNDER 9’s

We’ve seen a continuously improving period both individually and collectively. The players gaining a much better understanding of their roles has generated some very good results beating and drawing Futsal games with TNS, Rhyl, Bangor and Caernarfon.
We are now taking this form into the full game producing good showings against North Wales Development girls U12, Airbus and Flint Town.

UNDER 10’s

The u10s are fast becoming a team that other academy’s won’t want to face. They put 100% effort into every training session and game. The first half of the season has seen them compete with Flint and Cefn Druids and been unlucky to loose both. They’ve also given Airbus 2 competitive games with both results flattering Airbus more.
Both sides of Christmas have seen the lads comfortably beat Conwy and Caernarfon without a recognised keeper and with the lads taking it in turns to play in goal.
The futsal tournaments saw the lads come away with massive credit winning more games than they lost. With the possibility of adding a couple more outfield players and getting a recognised keeper the sky’s the limit for this group of lads if they continue to improve at the rate they currently are. Confidence is high and the more game time this group of lads have together will start producing wins week after week.

UNDER 11’s

Under new Management of coaches Harrison, Russ and Jonah. After taking over recently the team has come a long way. The effort and attitude from the boys shown in training is being reflected in our results. Beating Prestatyn in both a match and Futsal, and then unlucky losses against Airbus, Caernarfon and Flint. The scores were much closer and performances much much stronger. After looking at previous scorelines against such teams we have seen massive improvements in the lads. We beat Prestatyn with a great team performance great team spirit really playing for each other. We are really happy with response we are getting from the players, they are doing everything asked of them and we will continue to improve and challenge teams in the league!!!

UNDER 12’s

The U12’s have been progressing very well and the hard work paid off in the inter academy Futsal competition over winter where the boys beat some good opposition in TNS, Porthmadog, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Bala and Cefn Druids to end up in the top 8 , a great achievement as we hadn’t entered the comp before. The squad are now focussing on the next few games against some strong teams in Airbus, Newtown and Caernarfon. We are holding open training through March in a bid to expand the squad for 11v11 competition next season.

UNDER 14’s

Our under 14s side is heavily stacked with under 13s players and until recently had only the 1 older lad.
We have developed well over recent months and started to attract new players to the squad helping to lift the confidence of the side.
We held our own in the recent u14s futsal and really showed how far we have come in the u13s events as we had wins against Llandudno Rhyl Caernarfon and Bala and a very respectable draw against TNS showing we can easily compete with our own age groups.
Since the Christmas break we have had 2 very mixed results with a fantastic 6-1 away win at Porthmadog followed by a dissapointing result against a very large Caernarfon side who were just to physical and their sheer size i think stunned our boys and certainly put them off their game.
On the whole we are moving in the right direction and getting the lads to understand that performances and not results are the most important thing for us this season is the key.
The lads are a great bunch to work with and work hard both in training and matches showing a desire to push forward and work for each other, they just need to ensure they take on board information from Chris, John and Gary and push on in these tough games to ensure we get as much from them as possible.

UNDER 16’s

Some good work has been done over the last couple of months for the under 16s. We succeeded in the first target we set ourselves during the winter period by getting through to the later stages of the futsal fixtures. It was a realistic target set and important for myself (John -U16’s Coach) to see and more so the group to be able to apply themselves and keep focus on a target and maintain a certain performance level throughout.

Although the winter months were very much focused on the small sided format (Futsal) I didn’t want to neglect the attention of the academy fixtures that were to come in the new year and so doubled sessions during this period. The lads took on board the importance of putting in this extra time to try and further their understanding of the game and to develop and applied themselves 100% throughout to improve which was good to see. This extra work was leading up to our first fixture and definitely played a large part in getting us our first win against Porthmadog last weekend and sets us up nicely to try and finish the season with as much positivity as we can