Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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35 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 Sport Club delighted with new Identity for its academy Developmen­t programme led by skilled team HARTLEY Wintney have fielded a reserve team in the Suburban League for many seasons, but now a change of management and approach will see the Row’s second team structured as an U23 Developmen­t side. Hartley Wintney U23 Developmen­t will be steered by experience­d non-league manager and coach Andy Hunt, alongside former Oxford United and Boston United profession­al, Ross Weathersto­ne. As part of the agreement between themselves and the club, Hunt and Weathersto­ne will also be running their Academy from the recently improved facilities at the club. Hunt is a well respected coach in local and non-league football. He is UEFA B licensed and has worked full-time in football for the past 10 years, where he has been involved in education programmes with Southampto­n FC and other domestic academy programmes. Hunt also served as first team manager at Godalming Town and Fleet Town at Step 4, having started his managerial career at Fleet Spurs. In recent years Weathersto­ne has managed and coached at Bracknell Town, Binfield and Woodcote. During his time at Binfield he led the team to the Suburban League Cup and he has a proven record of coaching and developing young players. Weathersto­ne played for Oxford United, Boston United, Nuneaton, Farnboroug­h Town and Stevenage Borough, playing more than 100 games in the Championsh­ip, Leagues One and Two, and in the National Conference, helping to win the National League championsh­ip with Boston United in 2002. Speaking of their appointmen­ts, Hunt said: “Having played at Hartley Wintney FC and seen the progress of the club over the last few years, I’m delighted to return and begin to look at how we can all work together to provide a fantastic player pathway from the youth section all the way to the first team.” The academy is currently accepting students onto the programme, and Hunt invites any ambitious young player looking to progress in football to make contact and register their interest by emailing andy@ idfootball­ Weekly training sessions have now begun on Wednesdays from 10.30am at Hartley Wintney. The Row’s first team manager, Anthony Millerick, was delighted to reinforce the significan­ce of this latest announceme­nt from a club that has come so far in such a short time. “The club have been looking to take a step forward in bringing players through,” the manager said. “Our establishe­d U18 youth team, currently playing in the Allied Counties Youth Football League, continues to successful­ly run under the Hartley Wintney Football Club banner under the guidance of Dan Ryan and Steve Bates. “The U18 youth team has a history of developing youngsters and has provided players for the reserve and first teams and continues to be a key element of the structure of the club.” The boss also believes the introducti­on of the iDFA Academy is a natural progressio­n for the club. “This new full-time academy, alongside the recently announced U23 team playing in the very competitiv­e Suburban League (see HARTLEY Wintney have announced a partnershi­p with iDFA that will see its full-time education and football academy run by Identify Football Academy, now hosted at Hartley Wintney Football Club. The academy, which caters for 16 to 18-year-olds, offers further education opportunit­ies while creating a pathway for keen and talented players to progress through to Hartley’s U23 Developmen­t team, which plays in the Suburban Football League, and also the first team currently playing in the Southern League Premier Division at Step 3 of the football pyramid. It enables the best players to have the potential for a career in football while ensuring all students are given extended tuition in subjects needed to progress other careers, as well as within other facets of the game. Speaking at the launch of the new partnershi­p, iDFA’s director of academy coaching and operations, Andy Hunt, said: “We will be providing excellent opportunit­ies for young players to study while developing their playing potential. This full-time football academy will offer competitiv­e football at U18, U19 and U23 plus training hosted at profession­al level facilities during the week. All our coaches are UEFA licensed and will provide a detailed training schedule to enhance the abilities of all players.” The Identity Football Academy and Hartley Wintney’s newly-formed U23 Developmen­t Squad began training this month JOSIE SHIPMAN careers in the sporting arena. Having seen Andy develop the academy over the past few years, I feel this is a perfect fit for us. “I’m really looking forward working with them.” right), adds a new dimension for us to enhance the existing pathway to the first team,” Millerick added. “It is an opportunit­y for youngsters already in or looking to get into further education and develop to Leisure league launch the perfect antidote to lockdown blues LEISURE Leagues are to launch Sunday evening fixtures at Peter Driver Sports Ground, in Fleet, later in the summer. Director Tom Nash believes it is going to prove vital in the battle to improve the nation’s physical and mental health in the coming weeks. He said: “The four months of inactivity we have undergone as a nation has been tough for everyone. The effects on obesity are well known – both the PM himself and Jenny Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the UK have spoken about it – but also the mental health aspects are important too. People have been isolated, literally, away from their friends and family, and the vital camaraderi­e that we need has been lost.” Now it is launching on a Sunday evening, with Nash adding: “The fact we can bring our unique brand of football to Fleet for the very first time is fantastic – especially at a time like this.” For more informatio­n, visit: https://www.leisurelea­ league/peter-driver-sports-ground/ fleet-sunday Normandy snatch victory as Stoke bowlers excel etus it needed, and as the overs ticked down Khedekar was lbw for 20 to make it 127-6. The last ball of the penultimat­e over saw Will Davies gallantly sacrifice himself to crucially get Calcott on strike for the final over with four still needed to win. Singles off the first and third balls eased Normandy’s nerves and when Calcott’s lofted drive just cleared a desperate effort at mid-on to race away for the winning boundary, the home side’s relief was palpable. a straight delivery at 47 the visitors could sense they had a chance. Skipper Jones found a staunch ally in youngster Arya Khedekar and together they began grinding away at the target. They added 51 valuable runs for the fifth wicket before Jones was bowled on the return of the impressive Ben Townsend for 40, made in a much more circumspec­t manner than his usual approach. This brought Olly Calcott to the crease and he immediatel­y showed some authority, with some deft shots that gave the innings the imp- At 99-7 Normandy had the upper hand but it was determined batting from Ian Hopton(28no) that ensured the visitors posted a total of 131, which was still generally considered to be below par. Thoughts that their innings might be a cruise to victory were quickly shattered though as the Normandy reply began in similar fashion to the visitors’ – the scoreboard reading 34-3 with Austin, Ollie Batchelor and Ian Prowse quickly back in the hutch. When Jayanth Ganapathy missed Fuller’s Brewery Challenge Cup. Normandy’s pace duo of George Barlow and William Pereira were not at their best but still quickly had the visitors reeling at 32-3, and despite the absence of injured left arm spinner Vignesh Venkateswa­ran, the hosts still turned to their slow men to apply the pressure with off-spinners Freddy Austin and Chris Jones proving difficult to get away. Austin grabbed 3-20 while Jones’ six overs conceded just 12 runs as Stoke D’Abernon struggled too build a total. THE many spectators who made the trip to Hunt Hill on Saturday enjoyed not only a blistering hot day, but an enthrallin­g low scoring match between two sides who were each promoted from their respective divisions at the end of 2019. While Normandy were favourites to win, Stoke D’Abernon ran them close and put up an impressive display, particular­ly with ball in hand and an attack that promises to cause trouble for batsmen in this truncated season of matches in Group 11 of the AJ Fordham & PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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