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Just 6 months on from the 1st years starting at Walton Casuals Academy, the trials have officially began for year 2 and what an amazing day it was; one that everyone associated at the club can be proud of.
We welcomed 50 boys and girls by our very own Walton Casuals Stags mini-bus, chauffeured by Paul Saunders, who were all interested in taking up the opportunity to join our academy on either a traineeship, BTEC college programme of university degree programme.
With presentations from a host of different people associated with the club we were able to provide an real life experience of our academy for the students and their parents.
We had presentations from VLUK; the education provider, our chairman Tony Gale, first team video analyst Elliot Minto and a discussion with our current academy players. The future academy footballers were motivated and ready to show their skills off. The boys were with first team manager Anthony Gale and first team player Harry Mills who watched over a range of BTEC and university footballers, whilst the girls had the chance to show off their talents to head ladies coach Kevin Foster. The Goalkeepers mixed together and were put through their paces with first team GK coach Connor Mitchell.
The day was finished off with our very own Walton Casuals chef Brenda Saunders rustling up some much earned food for the recruits and a trip back for the boys and girls all aboard the stags bus with Paul.
Many thanks to all that helped out on the day. It was a real team effort and a successful day which shows just how far the club has come and the direction in which it is going. Anthony Gale and the board have built up a great feeling around the Xcel Sports Hub with good people from the local community who are all willing to invest their time and efforts.
The boys and girls who attended the trial have been invited back on different occasions for another chance to show their potential during an 11v11 match. Good luck to all involved!
There is still time to join and trial out for the Walton Casuals 2019/20 Traineeship, BTEC and University Academy. If you are interested please email Academy Manager, Kelly-Jade on firstname.lastname@example.org
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