The Foundation has seen a busy month with the relaunch of the over 50s Broadfield Extra Time Hubs being a particular highlight at the Broadfield stadium.
The Foundation Academy teams have seen impressive results with the ‘A’ team sitting second in the National Football Youth League South Championship - without losing a game. They beat third-placed Swindon Town last week 3-1 to close the gap on league-leaders JMA Reading - goals coming courtesy of Charlie Mark (x2) and Alfie Sayle.
The ‘B’ team are also placed second in their South Reserves division with three wins from their last four.
‘A’ team striker Lewis Gould has been rewarded for his form with a trial for the League’s ‘All-Star’ South team. We are delighted that Lewis secured his place in the final squad and started the 1-1 draw against the ‘North’ team on Wednesday afternoon at England’s St Georges Park. A selection of players from both teams will represent a national ‘All-Star’ team that will play against other footballing Academy teams.
The Academy booked a place in the next round of the Sussex FA Schools Second XI Cup during the week, defeating the Pass and Move Academy 5-0 in Battle on Wednesday afternoon - Alfie Sayle scored an early penalty with Yaro Tsyhanenko, Jack Hayes (x2) and Stanley Tuesley also scoring over the 90 minutes.
The Foundation hosted the region’s Utilita Girls Cup, a six-a-side tournament for under-13 school teams that has over 20,000 boys and girls playing in the format. The winners get the chance to represent Crawley Town in the finals that are hosted at Wembley Stadium before a major Football League final.
The North Sussex District round was held at Hazelwick school in Three Bridges with Oriel High School winning the round with five wins, a draw, and a victory against Hazelwick in the final.
This continues this coming week with the Utilita Kids Cup mixed 6-a-side tournament with results to follow.
We have been active during Kidscape’s Anti-Bullying Week, an initiative that aims to bring awareness to the nationwide issue. Former Crawley Town interim manager Lewis Young led the charge with a public message to support the Week - wearing the charity’s signature odd socks in a video to supporters. Midfielder Jack Powell and striker Dom Telford both made video messages for the Foundation to spread the message during the week.
Our Premier League Primary Stars Coordinator Liam Joyce has been in Crawley schools to deliver workshops and assemblies on the project and had this to say about his day at the Bewbush Academy:
‘We’re happy to be part of and to support this initiative from Kidscape's Reach Out campaign this month. It has been a great week having these conversations, but also to see some of the creativity with posters made by students.’
The Foundation are eager to see more 8-10 year old players for its Elite and Development Girls Centre on Monday evening’s between 5-6pm - if you would like to get your child involved with coached football sessions then visit the website for more details.
The Foundation would also like to welcome new manager Matthew Etherington to the club and wish him the best of luck for the season!