New College Football Academy’s season of success has been put on hold after FA officials called for a rematch of the Wiltshire FA Youth Cup Final last night.
New College Football Academy players with team coaches, Ian Howell (far left) and Paul Bodin (far right).
The 1-1 County Ground draw between New College’s Football Academy and Wroughton halts a season which the Academy bosses have hailed as their most successful to date.
Having finished fourth in Division 1 of the South West Counties Youth League, two places ahead of local rivals Cirencester, the team are now on target for third place in the Wiltshire Premier League if they win their two remaining fixtures. The students also won this year’s Wiltshire Schools Under 18 Cup and reached the last 8 in the English Colleges Cup, after wins against teams such as Hereford, Cirencester and Yeovil.New College’s Football Academy Co-ordinator, Paul Smith, commented: “We’ve had an absolutely fantastic season and enjoyed success that we couldn’t possibly have imagined when we first set the Football Academy up, eight years ago.“We set up the New College Football Academy as a route for talented young players who are interested in pursuing a career in sport; offering them the opportunity to develop their sporting skills while ensuring that they gain valuable qualification. We’ve been fortunate enough to secure the support of some fantastic coaches who have themselves played both nationally and internationally. Our Football Academy coaches include ex-Swindon Town FC and Welsh International Player, Paul Bodin, and Ian Howell, who now works with the Chelsea Centre of Excellence and the local Swindon Supermarine team, in addition to his coaching work for the New College Football Academy. Our success rates both on and off the pitch has established the Football Academy as a hugely desirable option for those who are interested in pursuing a career in sport.”For further information about New College’s Football Academy please contact Paul Smith on: 01793 611470.