Our Under-16 squad, under the guidance of coach Jimmy Neighbour, enjoyed a highly successful trip to Italy last month, winning the annual eight-team tournament in Palma.
The lads played four matches in a five-day spell, in which we drew 1-1 with both Sampdoria and Modena and comfortably beat Chievo Verona 5-0. The final against FC Reggina saw Radwan Hamed (two) and Richard Heller score the goals in our 3-2 victory.
Academy Director Peter Suddaby reports: “As the first non-Italian team to be invited to the tournament, it was important that we represented the Club and the Premier League well.
“The behaviour of all the players was excellent and winning the competition was a great achievement. We are proud of the whole squad. It was a fantastic experience for them all and several have also made some good friends from the trip.”
The squad also took the opportunity to visit a local disabled home and school, spending time chatting with the pupils and enjoying a meal together.
Back row (left to right): Nathan Peprah, Tom Pepper, Sebastian Brown, Billy Marshall, Matthew Wells, Lewis Dark, Tony Hazard, Jake Livermore, Troy Archibald Henville.
Front: Richard Heller, Alex Smith, Jamie Davis, Radwan Hamed, Chris Riley, Cian Hughton, Clark Akers, Nick Chrysanthou.
Squad member not pictured: Adam Holloway
Our Second Year Academy striker Scott Thyer is the latest player to be recognised at international level. He has been called up for the Wales Under-19 squad.