All the players and coaches at Ballymena United Youth Academy are looking forward to a New Year and hopefully some continued good form.
The club’s sides are all involved in the top tier of local youth football this season, pitting their skills against the best young players in the province at every age group.
There have been some notable performances and although sometimes the results have not went the way of the sky blues, the continued development of many of these young players from under 9’s upwards has been very noticeable to coaches and watching parents .
Onto the under 16’s and the table topping under 17’s, some of the Academy’s former most promising young players are now involved with the senior club’s successful youth team where a number of others have moved towards regular reserve team football and involvement with the senior side.
At the youngest age groups the Academy has this season, for the first time, sent teams at under 9 level to the excellent Coleraine and North West League. They have had some eye catching performances, along with their compatriots at under 10 level and the intensive coaching these young players are receiving is paying off. The under 11s and under 12s have also performed at a high level in the Lisburn League, improving steadily as the weeks have passed and both sides are firing in the goals on a regular basis.
The under 13’s, 14’s and 15’s are involved in the top tier of the National league and with injuries and player unavailability have sometimes found it tough. Despite this the club has 4 players in attendance at the National ClubNI elite player programme, and all three sides are still flying the flag for youth football in the town in the NIBFA cup, along with the clubs under 12 side.
The Academy’s Christmas draw has recently taken place with the following prizewinners: 1.£1000 Steven Campbell 2. £500 Bailey McNeill 3. £250 Jonathan McNeill 4. £150 Stephen Worthington 5.£100 Mark McConnell.
BUYA would like to thank all those who contributed to club funds.