Youth Development

FA Wales – Gareth Owen

get link The challenge is to always improve, to always get better, even when you’re the best… especially when you’re the best Gareth has been involed in football since the ages of 10 and has also had a fantastic career as a professional footballer, finishing his playing days at Wrexham with a testimonial against Manchester United in 2003. Born in Chester but Gareth considers himself form North Wales and being Welsh having been brought up in Connah’s Quay and living in North Wales [...]

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Karamoko Dembele

cheap sunglasses lyrics As a 13 year old he’s played for the U15’s in a tournament against West Bromwich Albion, Deportivo La Coruna, Lyon and the prestigious Barcelona academy and completely outshone during the tournament. Barcelona’s academy is famed for bringing players through to the first team with the likes of Messi, Fabregas, Bellerin, Pique, Xavi, Iniesta and so on. This is amazing progress to see a 13 year old, a year 9 at school, training and playing with players 7 years older [...]

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What is a scholarship?

A scholarship is a 2 year contract for boys aged 16 and over. It’s also known as an apprenticeship and is the first step for a schoolboy making it to a professional footballer, as it’s usually the first time in a young players career that they train every day. It’s a learning to curve where football truly becomes their life, often getting a taste of what it’s like to be a professional footballer. Often half-way through their U16 year, they [...]

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The Premier League… 2

So, I’m sure most, if not all of you have heard of The Barclays Premier League? How many of you have heard of the Premier League 2? No? Well, read on. It’s a new competition that replaces the Under 21’s and Under 18’s league. It’s been created to help players up to the age of 21 develop their technicality, physicality and intensity which in theory should give them a close experience to playing at first team premier league level. In a nutshell, [...]

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