TOWN Academy Manager Jeremy Newton logs his final tour diary of the week.
Swindon’s young players were given their end-of-week reviews before the final games in the evening on the last day in Holland. All the players are given reviews so we can hear what they got from the trip, along with letting them hear from the coaches how they have done during the week and how they can take that experience into their future development.
They played their final games of the tour against a local side in Dordrecht called FC Emma. The games were good for all players to get vital match minutes, and, for some of the players that had done very well all week were given the opportunity to play up an age group. The results went our way in all the games, with the 10s winning 14-1. The scorers were Harry Parsons, Will Fowler notched four, Thomas Pitt bagged a hat-trick along with Dan Warre. Ollie Crosby-Clarke and Miles Littlechild scored two to round off the scoring. The Under 11s winning very comfortable, where most of the players were on the scoresheet.
Town’s U12s played against an FC Emma side that was equivalent to a local team around Swindon, albeit an age group above, yet Town ended the game as 4-2 winners.
Goals came from Robbie Maclean, a brace from Luke Haines and Rhys Wells who played up an age group for the first time this season. The U12s Man of the Match was Luke Haines.
The lads then had a big sing song, singing Swindon songs which went down well for all involved at the end of the busy week.
As Academy manager, I’d like to thank all the staff for all their efforts and hard work during the week. These include: Sean Wood, Mark Burns, Andy Minturn, Mike Haines, Roger Reeves, Hayley Walton, Debbie Harrison, Kev Hall and coach driver Peter Kordula.
Finally, thanks to all the players. They have done the club proud with their performances and conduct and have been very professional at all times.
Next week, it’s the turn of the U13s, U14s and U15s go out to Holland so keep an eye out for updates and reports.