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Recent Graduate May 2015 @ Preston North End – Rueben Edwards U8

Rueben joined Elite at the beginning of the 2014-15 Season having initially been signed up for the Pre Academy.

Within a month or so a place became available within our Academy at U8s so Rueben was Promoted to the Academy.

Following playing a number of games for the Academy against the likes of Crewe Alex, Wigan, Port Vale and Wrexham Academy there was now an interest from a number of Clubs who wanted Rueben to attend a Trial for a place in next Seasons U9s Academy Squad.

Rueben and his family decided that after going for a trial at Preston North End that this was the Club for him.

Following a short trial, Rueben has now been offered a Contact as a Preston North End Academy U9s player for Next Season and he has accepted the offer.

This is a great achievement and opportunity for Rueben who has come on tremendous since joining NW Elite Academy at the beginning of last Season.

Rueben is an excellent footballer with a fantastic attitude and all at NW Elite Academy would like to wish him the best of luck in his football career at Preston North End.


2014/15 – U16s in the Academy

As we all know gaining a contract with a Premiership or Football League Academy is a fantastic achievement however is considered a very difficult task especially when the boys are playing at the older age groups.

We have had some great success stories throughout the Season which you may of read about already.

However the task for us at NW Elite Academy is to develop players in a way that once they leave us after the Under 16s year, they all go on to play at the best possible level.

The main targets for the boys after Academy’s is to either play in the Youth Alliance League or the Welsh FA Youth.

We have a number of players currently out on trial waiting for decisions to be made which we will let you know how they get on.

3 players recently (In April 2015) who have been attending Chester FC have just been offered a Youth Contract which is a great achievement as we know that the standard of the trials was excellent with a large number of players competing were recently released by Football League Academy’s.

Congratulations to the following boys:

Apr 2015 – U16s – Joseph Daulby – Chester FC

Apr 2015 – U16s – Zack Owens – Chester FC

Apr 2015 – U16s – Joseph Davies – Chester FC

These boys will be playing in the Youth Alliance League next Season at U17/18s level

We would like to wish the boys the best of luck from all at NW Elite Academy and I am certain you will hear about the boys progressing over the next couple of years.


Parents Meeting U10s-15s (Academy) – Tuesday 2nd May 8pm at Cardinal Heenan School (Canteen)

We are looking at doing a Tour late August for the above age groups and would like an opportunity to speak to all the parents on Tuesday evening.

The players are very welcome to come however I don’t want to say they have to attend as this puts added pressure on the parents.

You must attend in person as I would not like you to miss out if demands are high, (Limited Places) depending on others providing you with the information.

This is a great opportunity for all players and we at Elite are all very excited on the proposals we will be discussing on Tuesday.

Please make every effort to attend.

Phil Boyle – Centre Manager


Recent Graduate March 2015 @ Crewe Alexandra Academy – Lewis Foster

Following a Crewe Alexandra FC Scout in attendance at the Centre on a Training Evening in early January, a number of players were approached through NW Elite if they would like to attend a Trial.

Lewis was one of the boys who took the opportunity and was immediately put on a 6 week trial.

After attending a number of 2.5 hours intense training sessions it was identified that Crewe Alexandra Academy were impressed with his ability.

During this period Lewis got the opportunity to play against Academy opposition such as Leicester City, Wigan Athletic, Everton, Man Utd.

Following a very successful trial, Lewis has now been offered a Contact as a Crewe Alexandra U14s Academy player.

This is a fantastic achievement as we all know how difficult it is to break in to such an established Academy.

Lewis is an excellent footballer with a fantastic attitude and all at NW Elite Academy would like to wish him the best of luck in his football career at Crewe Alexandra Academy.

Well Done Lewis.


Recent Graduates March 2015 @ Airbus UK Academy – U12s

Following a game away to Airbus UK Academy on February 20th, the U12s put on an excellent show on the 1st team ground. Following this 3 boys were asked to attend trials. Following the trials over a number of weeks 3 boys were approached and offered to sign for the end of this Season and 2015-16.

We have had confirmation that the 3 boys have been offered a Contract at Airbus UK Academy and have decided to make the jump from grass roots to play for the Welsh Professional Club.

Michael Sullivan
Grant Faure
Tom Ballard

This is a great achievement for NW Elite Academy that the above boys could be identified, be successful through the trials and be offered a contract.

Well done to the boys and we wish them the best of luck in their football careers at Airbus UK Academy.


New Signings to the Academy – 2014-15 February 2015

Congratulations to the list of players below who have successfully come through the trial period and recently signed for the Academy in January 2015

U11 Brandon Barton
U12 Thomas Williams (Promoted from Pre Academy)
U13 Joe Johansen
U13 Jamie Boyle

Well done to all and good luck in the Academy.


Academy SAQ training – update for Season 2014/15

The SAQ sessions on a Wednesday evening have been growing from week to week and the boys who have been attending on a fortnightly basis I know will agree with me in saying the sessions have been excellent and very beneficial to player development.

Please see the next set of dates for your age group:

March 25th 6-7pm U8/9/10S 7-8pm U13/14S

April 1st 6-7pm U11/12S 7-8pm U15/16S

April 8th Easter Holidays – no training

April 15th Easter Holidays – no training

April 22nd 6-7pm U8/9/10S 7-8pm U13/14S

April 29th 6-7pm U11/12S 7-8pm U15/16S

As mentioned previously please text myself on 07738 000 581 if unable to make your agegroup.

If these dates a problem however you can make another date, please let me know so we can accommodate – there is flexibility

Please make every effort to attend for your Development


Recent Graduate Feb 2015 @ Crewe Alexandra Academy – Ben Winstanley U10s Goalkeeper

Following a fixture in early Nov 2014 which was a very competitive game, our boys put on an excellent game with Crewe Alexandra

Shortly after the game was played, Crewe Alexandra Academy contacted me to ask would 4 boys be interested in attending a trial which included Ben.

Ben was immediately put on a 6 week trial and thrown straight in the following Sunday against Nottingham Forest Academy.

Following that game, Ben got the chance to play against further Academy opposition such as Man Utd, Leicester City, Wigan Athletic.

Following a very successful trial, Ben has now been offered a Contract as a Crewe Alexandra U10s Academy player.

This is an excellent achievement and also opens up NW Elite Academy’s relationship with Crewe Alexandra with Ben being our 1st Graduate at the club.

Ben is an excellent Goalkeeper with a fantastic attitude and all at NW Elite Academy would like to wish him the best of luck in his football career at Crewe Alexandra Academy.

Well Done Ben