Academy Update: February 28

It was another busy seven days at Newport County Academy, with every age group between nine and 18 having a game at some point through the week.

The Under-18s were in action at Northampton, but fell to a 4-1 defeat against the young Cobblers, with Riley Lonergan providing the goal for County. 

Newport went 3-0 down, but enjoyed much of the better of the play after that and, with the score at 3-1, Northampton got their fourth against the run of play.

As well as that, the Under-18s had a busy training week as they took full advantage of the half-term break. The Under-16s trained with the scholars throughout the week at Lliswerry High School and Wednesday even saw some of the Under-14s training with the youth team.

This half-term week provided a great opportunity for coaches and players to spend more time on the grass together and work across age groups, providing different experiences to coaches and players.

The Pre-Academy, Foundation Phase and Youth Development Phase also had a busy week, with the schoolboy ages having day sessions during the week as well as fixtures and events across Wales and England.

The Youth Development Phase had games against Bridgwater United while the Under-10s and 12s travelled to Wolves to take part in the Wolves Cup.

The Under-12s achieved a 5th-placed finish while the Under-10s made it all the way to the final, being denied in the cruellest fashion as a last-minute penalty won the cup for West Brom.

The Under-9s & 11s hosted Cambrian & Clydach for friendlies, our Pre-Academy hosted Undy FC, Bristol Rovers and Cwmbran Celtic, before all age groups (U9-U14s) travelled or hosted Bristol Rovers.

The Goalkeeping Department had its own Day Release programme on Friday where all ages came together for sessions with our Head of Goalkeeping.
Finally, the Academy held a recruitment day for players aged U9-12s, where we saw a number of talented players attend from across South Wales.