So today marks the start of our Christmas break, a nice 2 and a half weeks off education which gives us time to refresh and reflect and allows us to continue the good work with our "Football in the Community" programme. Our Christmas Football Camp runs 22nd, 29th and 30th December and allows parents to have a break from the kids whilst the kids get to wear their new boots, pads and kits on a football day! Win/Win!
I know many of you have asked about Owen Skinner and how he is after last terms awful injury. We were pleased to welcome Owen back to college last week following being in hospital for 4 weeks, homebound for a further 2 weeks and a total of 7 operations on his broken leg and compartment syndrome. Owen is in good spirits, Kevin Kuhn deserves praise in his constant support to Owen as does Liam Foster our Sports Therapist who has been over to the hospital with Owen to discuss next steps and how Owen moves forward with his rehabilitaion. It's great to have Owen back in the college set up and we look forward to continuing to assist him in his career.
It's been a fantastic term academically with most students continuing to excel in the classroom, all students are now on course to exceed or at least hit the academic targets laid out by the education provider at start of the year. This is important as not only does it reflect on our programme as an educational site but also allows us to predict grades for further education including those wanting to go out to America and University here in the UK.
On the subject of America we were pleased to hear Mattie Kyriakou has already received an offer to attend a University in Georgia in 2016. Mattie has continued to improve this year with some outstanding academy performances as captain and being involved in the U21s leading to a well deserved 1st team call up.
On the pitch we've had a mixed run with the Elite group losing their first league game of the season away to Colchester United, the second group have had games called off due to the weather and the third group losing games to the weather and narrowly losing 4-3 to Ian Marshall Academy based out of Ipswich.
Off the pitch we've continued to provide opportunities for students to explore different careers, Darius Grant got down to final 10 and Pete Abrams is currently down to the last 2 for a global Nike campaign, Mattie Kyriakou filmed a Puma advert alongside Marco Verratti and Sports Therapist Liam Foster filmed for Puma with Sergio Aguero. Mitchell Cole, Paolo Montella and Matt Nolan continue to assist The F2 Freestylers where they're needed.
Last Wednesday (16th December) we enjoyed our Christmas party, we had a catch up education session until 10am then laptops away and proceeded with our games day. We split the boys into 8 teams of 6 and each student had to pick a round out of Quiz, A-Z players, Rock/Paper/Scissors, Guess Who?, What Happens Next? and the infamous Christmas Dance Off! Highlights included Callum Nevill winning the R/P/S and a young Charlie Ruff appearing on screen with Neymar Jnr. The dance off final was between Dom Edwards and David Fuamba with David taking the crown with some MC Hammer inspired moves! The afternoon was a day of Bubble Football courtesy of one of our sponsors who had very kindly put the event on for us. Only 1 of the 48 students present had played before so there was an air of excitement as they "kicked off"! Luckily it was injury free and Jack Hilliard Tomaciello was captain of the winning side. It was nice to hear feedback from the event organiser who went out of his way to tell us how impressed he was with the conduct and behaviour of the scholars.
A special mention to goalkeeper Matt Nolan who has had an excellent term, following up from his impressive triple penalty save in the FA Youth Cup for Broxbourne Boro, Matt was called up by Chesham United and was on the bench during their impressive FA Cup run including their eventual exit to League 2s Bradford City. Matt has also appeared weekly on Soccer AM providing goalkeeping for the F2 Freestylers slot on the show. So far this season Matts progression has gone from Ware FC Academy Elite side and Broxbourne Boro U18s, to Ware FC U21, Cuffley FC 1st team and Herts Senior County League Rep side, on to Ware FC U21 and into Chesham United FC 1st team squad. An exceptional development route for a 1st year U17 footballer.
We continue to progress boys through the football club with 15 scholars playing U21 football and 6 from the academy having appeared for the 1st team this season.
Have a great Christmas and we look forward to February half terms update!
Sam & Dan
Updated 19:18 - 18 Dec 2015 by Stephen King