Huge congratulations are in order for both the Grimsby Institute Girls and Boys Football Academies as they returned triumphant from the AoC Regional 11 a-side Football League Finals. The boys’ first team came 1st, the second team narrowly missing out on the top spot and the girls team came 2nd overall after scoring over 100 goals across the whole of the competition in what has become the Academy’s most successful season for over five years.
The Football Academies, open to boys and girls aged 16-19, are run in conjunction with courses at the Grimsby Institute and are open to learners from all course areas. Teams are coached on a daily basis from 3pm-5pm by Football Development Centre Coaches and former Grimsby Town players John McDermott and Gary Childs who have over 15 years experience between them here at the Grimsby Institute alone
The teams, who have recently returned from Valencia where they trained at the Olivia Nova Training Facility, had the chance to see Spain and Costa Rica under 17s play; John McDermott said the experience was: “great for the students, it gave them a chance to see elite teams play up close and see what level they need to push to”.
Both coaches have been impressed by this year’s teams, Gary Childs said: “The general attitude and how everyone has got on has really pleased us”.
He went on to say: It’s been a great season for local football clubs; generally the area is buzzing in regards to football. The recent success of Grimsby Town Football Club rubs off on the learners”.
Laura Saxby (18) Girls Team Captain said: We’re a good strong team that work well together, being part of the Academy helps us socialise with people from other years that we wouldn’t otherwise know, it helps us with our confidence and obviously helps us get fit”.
Laura went on to explain that the Academy attracts girls not just from the sports courses but they have players from curriculum areas such as media and photography.
Players are recruited each year from local schools as well as the Grimsby Town under 16s School of Excellence which gives them access to three extra years of professional coaching, an impressive 20 members have gone on to return to Grimsby Football club as players in the 1st team. Competition is fierce for places at the Football Academies as numbers increase each year for try outs.
For more information on the Academies visit the Grimsby Institute Website