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SWINDON TOWN: Youngsters to face rivals Bristol City
SWINDON Town Football in the Community Trust’s Advanced Centres are providing plenty of opportunities for young footballers.
The boys’ centres operate at under six, under eight and under 11 level and in addition to training they also play matches.
The under 10s face former Town favourite Matt Hewlett’s elite Bristol side on Thursday and boss Luke Sharps is expecting a difficult game.
“This will be a good indicator of how far we have come,” said Sharps.
“We know it's going to be tough as they have had some very good results as late and have many players involved in the Bristol Academy setup.”
The Advanced Centres are looking to find more players aged seven and eight with the strongest players progressing to Swindon’s Centre for Excellence.
The trust is hoping to expand the girls’ Advanced Centre in which youngsters train and play week in, week out.
Town girls development officer Shane Hewlett said: “We had over 180 girls attend our Girls Centre For Football Excellence trials and unfortunately not all of them were successful in gaining places, so this has enabled them to develop at a high level.”
The girls played Stratton boys last week and eventually lost 5-3 despite a brave fightback, but Hewlett was pleased with his side’s display.
“At half-time I was not impressed as we were 5-0 down, but we turned the game round in the second half and had enough chances to win,” he said.
For more information on the advanced centres, contact the STFC community office on 01793 421303 or email email@example.com.
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