College grows in popularity

PUBLISHED: 13:35 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010

WESTON Football and Weston College Partnership goes from strength to strength as recent trials for local young footballers to join the Weston College Football Academy produced over 60 applicants at Weston Football Club. This was a significant increase ove

WESTON Football and Weston College Partnership goes from strength to strength as recent trials for local young footballers to join the Weston College Football Academy produced over 60 applicants at Weston Football Club.This was a significant increase over last year, perhaps encouraged by the success of Craig Mawford, Jason Gustar, Tom Dancey, Michael Hudson and Craig Herrod winning their way into semi professional football with the Weston First XI squad playing in the Nationwide Football Conference First Division South. Craig Mawford who, with four others, has appeared for the Somerset County Colleges XI takes his place at University in SeptemberThirty-five applicants were offered placements in the Academy which fields several teams competing in college competitions including the FA Youth Cup. They will have the benefit of coaching by Weston AFC's manager, Frank Gregan who holds an UEFA A coaching licence and they are managed by Mark McKeever who holds an UEFA B coaching licence. Ryan Northmore provides specialist goalkeeping coaching. The cream of their players are members of the Weston Youth XI who compete in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League.This year's side, which enjoys the facilities of the Woodspring Stadium, are having a successful season. They currently lie third in the league, six points behind the leaders, Odd Down, with a game in hand and with the last five fixtures against the bottom four clubs, so they have real hopes of promotion to the Premier Division.In achieving this success they have provided great entertainment, scoring 35 goals in 11 matches.The final two home fixtures are on March 30 against Street and on April 3 against Cheddar.

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