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Recruitment week

18 February 2013


The Sheffield Wednesday academy are hosting a training and recruitment exercise at Hillsborough College this week during the half term break.


Taking place today (Monday) and Wednesday, the purpose of the event this week is twofold.


For age groups 9-11, the schoolboys will be undergoing a series of training exercises which will see the youngsters put through their paces with passing drills, possession work and conditioning.


A qualified coach of the SWFC academy has been assigned to each age group (9s-11s) and the goalkeepers, who are split into a separate category of their own.


Alongside that, the academy scouts will also be assessing the budding young talent in the area in two separate tournaments which will be contested by local sides in a recruitment drive.


The first tournament, which will take place this morning, will see the Under-6 age group in action across three mini pitches at Hillsborough College.


The second tournament takes place on Wednesday for the Under-7s and will take the same format as the Under-6 tournament, with half of the pitch split into three mini pitches.


Foundation Head Coach Matt Burton said: “The staff and I are really looking to both days.


“The tournaments will provide us with a perfect opportunity to identify the best young talent in the area and getting access to our registered players throughout the day means they will have increased training time which can only benefit them in their quest to develop as elite footballers at SWFC.”


Academy manager Dean Ramsdale said: “Events such as these are excellent to look at talent within the local area and give players the opportunity to play in competitive games in a safe environment.
“Hopefully we will find players that can become part of our academy as well as becoming Owls for life."

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