Our Under-17s have qualified for the quarter finals of the Floodlit Cup, where they are waiting to play the runners-up of the South East Group, which could see them take on the likes of Stevenage, Sutton or Cambridge United.
Luton Town are awaiting the winners in the semis after their 5-3 win over Cheltenham Town last week.
Elsewhere, our Under-18s have made a great start to the Merit League, winning three of their opening four matches, with games in hand over Portsmouth and Luton above them.
This competition consists of the top six sides from the South East League and the top five from the South West division.
We have a fantastic side within this age group here at Swindon, and what’s even more impressive is that our squad is made up of players aged 15, 16 and 17.
Wiltshire Shield success…
Last Tuesday saw the club reach the final of the 1st Office Wiltshire County FA Premier Shield for the first time in 13 years.
Thanks to a 3-2 victory away at Salisbury FC, we’ll now take on Westbury in the showpiece at the County Ground on Tuesday 9 May.
The competition has given many of our talented academy players some valuable game time and experiences against local non-league clubs, with each posing a different challenge.
It’s been brilliant to see our youngsters playing against teams that compete in step three of the pyramid, performing alongside some of our fringe first-teamers too.
Hopefully the final will prove to be another learning curve for them, and it would be incredibly special to see them lift the trophy in front of a home crowd.
We bid Ben farewell…
As an Academy, we would like to say a big thank you to Ben Hawkins, who has done a fantastic job over recent years as our Head Of Academy Safeguarding, Education and Player Care.
Ben has worked across all the age groups, helping to develop our young playersthrough various life skills and psychology workshops.
As ever, our Academy have worked quickly to replace Ben, and we are pleased to announce that Sophie Morrow will be taking over as his replacement at the end of May, in time for the new season.
Sophie joins us with lots of experience working within the NHS and in football at Cambridge United.
Under-9s braced for big tournament…
Finally, good luck to our Under-9s this weekend as they prepare to compete in the Pro Academy Series Tournament in Stevenage.
The tournament will be a great opportunity for our players to not only play against other teams from across England, but also Italian giants Juventus and Next Level Soccer from America.
We would like to thank Pro Academy Tournaments for the invite and wish our young players all the very best.
We’ll keep you posted on how they do.