Catch up with the U's Academy
Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City provided our latest Academy Experiences as we demonstrated our talent throughout an action packed weekend of football.
Saturday morning welcomed Queens Park Rangers to our training ground in Cambridge for our Under 15 and Under 16 fixtures, whilst our Under 10,12 and 14 squads were down in Cobham at Chelsea's Training Ground as they participated in a three club festival which also included Bristol City.
The fixtures in Cambridge provided the viewing spectators, including Head Coach Richard Money, Director of Football Jez George and Youth Coach Mark Bonner with promising and entertaining football together with some great finishing as both fixtures demonstrated a good competitive edge to the games.
The morning fixtures down at Chelsea also provided some fantastic displays and our staff were very pleased with the performances against two well established academies.
Sunday morning saw the Under 11 and 13's visit Chelsea for their festival which also produced a nice surprise for all, with 'The Special One' making a guest appearance unannounced to view some of the games! Jose Mourinho appeared with some of the Chelsea players after their Sunday morning cool down and we are sure he would have enjoyed what he witnessed. Jose together with some of the first team players including John Terry, Gary Cahill, Ramires, Andre Schurrle and Samuel Eto'o were happy to watch Chelsea v Cambridge United! With players showing excellent individuality and team play, a host of goals were being scored by the young U's in front of some the world's leading players and management, which I'm sure was a great moment for them!
The weekend of football demonstrated that Cambridge United's Academy players have abundance of talent, desire and character and that our Academy is something we are proud of.
To be invited to play such opposition regularly speaks volumes of what we are achieving and striving towards. Observing our players performing against many other talented players in good competitive fixtures continues to be a pleasure to view.
The performances demonstrates the respect we have gained to be invited to play against such clubs and illustrates the great work our coaches and staff provide for our players to play, learn and experience as they continue to strive to be better.
We will continue to provide the challenges for our players to work at and towards, to ensure they can be tested whilst supported in their personal development.