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England International Football / Re: England Under-17
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:23:03 PM »
1.0 to England at St Georges against Wales, much closer game today could have gone either way.

England International Football / Re: England Under-17
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:30:09 PM »
2 games, 20th and 22nd behind closed doors at st George's Park

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: Other GB (non-England) selection
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:49:14 PM »

Follow this link for Wales. Providing the player qualifies, the Welsh Football Trust are happy for parents to make contact if their daughter is at a CoE in England.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: Other GB (non-England) selection
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:46:29 PM »
I can only speak from the Welsh perspective.

Firstly, my daughter's CoE have been very supportive about her playing for Wales, offering to write a technical report amongst other things.
Wales actively encourage eligible players from CoEs in Engalnd to get in contact, I am not aware that they actively go out and scout players.
The costs of attending both regional camps and National camps are covered by the Welsh football Trust.

Our experience of the Welsh set up has been first class, I cannot praise the Welsh Football Trust highly enough.

Wales 2 RoI Select 1

Much better conditions for this game sunshine and little wind !

This allowed Wales to get their passing game going, although they had good possession during the first half Wales were unable to get behind the Irish and create much in the final third. The Irish had a 1.0 lead at half time following a 40 yard free kick which the Wales keeper lost the flight of and it sailed in over her head.

Wales made 3 changes at half time and started the second half on fire and within 10 minutes were 2.1 up following strong passing moves with much better penetration than the first half. Wales dominated the rest of the game creating more chances and keeping possession well with the midfield dictating the play.

overall a well deserved win for this very promising young side.

I have been extremely impressed with the Welsh approach to the game. No side played better football than Wales in this years Celtic Nations. Northern Ireland won the tournament and were a good side and worthy winners. Their manager commented on the quality of the Wales play following their win against Wales and on a blustery day they coped better with the conditions and used them to their advantage.

A quick mention to the quality of the Welsh staff, extremely professional and well prepared. Recovery strategies, ice baths, pool based stretching sessions, compression stockings, protein shakes and bars resulted in no injuries despite 3 games in 3 days.

In a week where the U19s and seniors did not get the results they were looking for, the way the youngsters are being developed by James Rowberry and his staff bodes well for the future.

The Wales u16 team will next be in action against Finland in August.

Wales 1 N Ireland 3

A difficult game in extremely windy conditions. The Irish took full advantage of the wind in the first half scoring 2 in quick succession mid way through the first period. The Welsh were struggling to put their passing game together and the Irish were quick to pounce on any mistakes breaking up play well. In the second half the welsh came into the game more kicking with the wind, but a defensive mistake saw the Irish grab a 3rd. Wales created several chances and finally got the consolation goal that their hard work deserved in the last minute.

The Irish were deserved winners on the day and I would be surprised if they did not win the tournament tomorrow.

great performance by the girls today in the 1st game of the Celtic Nations in Dublin.

The full time score was Wales 1 England 1. This was followed by a penalty shoot out which Engalnd won 6.5.

The Welsh team dominated the majority of the game with good passing football building from defence and playing through the team. England played a more direct style relying on longer balls and physical presence. A good run down the left wing opened the scoring for England after 15 minutes with a well placed shot to the near post. Wales quickly rallied creating chances and finishing the first half on top.

in the second half Wales dominated possession and chances. The equaliser came midway through the second half direct from a free kick from wide on the right which the linesman judged had crossed the line before the keeper tried to palm the ball away. This was no more than the Welsh deserved following their domination of midfield and quick attacking play. After the goal the Welsh continued to surge forward looking for the winner and came close with a long range effort that hit the bar and nearly rebounded in off the English keeper. English attacks were sporadic and limited to long balls well defended by the Welsh defence.

In the end Wales ran out of time to grab the winner and England were no doubt relieved to take the game to penalties. In the end the English held their nerve and came out on top in the shoot out.

The Wales girls should be proud of a very good performance, in difficult windy conditions they continued to try to play the passing game. A great deal of credit must go to the coaching staff for moulding what looks like a very promising team.

Good luck against N.Ireland tomorrow!

From the Welsh perspective a good keenly contested game. Apart from the first 20 minutes which was quite scrappy the Welsh team dominated the game. Interesting differences in style with the Welsh playing out from the back and then passing through the midfield. The English relying on longer balls and pace and power of individuals rather than stringing passes together. In particular in the second half the English struggled to get out of their own half and were saved by the crossbar as the Welsh continued to surge forward controlling the midfield and the bulk of possession. England battled hard throughout and put in strong challenges all over the pitch, in the first half the ref let them go but rightly started to give free kicks in the second half.

As for the phantom goal who knows ... Standing near the half way line I could not tell. Regardless of the outcome of the penalty shoot out the Welsh team were hard done by not to get a victory from the game.

well played everyone and good luck for the next game tomorrow .... Wales v N. Ireland.

Wales Women's Football / Re: Girls u16 National Development Squad announced
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:51:24 PM »
Girls’ Under 16 National Development Squad announced
Posted on February 27, 2012 by Amanda.Smith
Under 16 Team Manager James Rowberry has announced his squad to attend a four day training camp which takes place in Cardiff from Monday 5  – Thursday 8 March 2012.

Selected Players

Name                      Club                School
Erin Brennan             Cardiff City Ladies FC Cathedral High
Megan Roberts          Prestatyn FC Prestatyn High
Mared Jones             Llewod Llanrug Syr Hugh Owen
Olivia Fuller              Liverpool FC Prestatyn High
Hannah Bluck           Treforest FC St Clares High
Fiona Dodge             Mardy Tigers West Monmouth Comp
Aimee Hollingshead    Garw FC Bryn Celynnog Comp
Lowri Ridings            Cimla AFC Cefn Saeson Comp
Bethan Cadogan        Lincoln City Girls All Saints RC High
Shauna Pentney       Mardy Tigers FC West Monmouth Comp
Charlie Estcourt        Chelsea FC Chiltern Edge High
Molly Griffiths          Tenby AFC Ysgol Bro Gwaun
Kelsey Davies           Kinmel Bay Girls FC Aberconwy High
Niomi Taylor             Prestatyn FC Rhyl High
Francesca Curteis      Liverpool FC Llanfyllin High
Laura Mitchell           Everton Llanfyllin High
Chloe Hughes           CPD Bethel Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen
Emily Curteis            Liverpool FC Llanfyllin High
Katy Hosford            Rhos AFC Dwr y Felin High
Mollie Jones             Troedyrhiw B&G FC Cyfarthfa High
Lois Regan               Llewod Llanrug Ysgol Brynrefail

Technical Staff

James Rowberry                 (Team Manager)

Nicola Anderson                  (Coach)

Rob Thomas                        (GK Coach)     

Ben Bate                              (Analysis)

Lisa Williams                        (Physio)

Ian Allen                                (Sports Science)

Kevin McCusker                  (Logistics Officer)

 Operational Staff

Lauren Smith                        (Education &Welfare officer)

Sarah Williams                     (Project Co-ordinator)

Rowberry commented :-”The focus this camp will be to prepare the squad for the forthcoming Celtic Nations tournament in Dublin. As always, the over arching aim is the individual development of each player whilst playing within a no fear environment.

 I feel we have a talented group of players within the current squad,one of the reasons for this is down to the hard work of the newly established performance centres. At present we have 3 established within the South Wales FA, West Wales FA and the North Wales Coast FA. Hopefully we will have 3 more established in the near future.

 Myself and all the staff are extremely looking forward to what should be an excellent camp”.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: Other GB (non-England) selection
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:41:28 PM »
Latest Wales U16 Squad for pre Dublin tournament camp announced.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: Other GB (non-England) selection
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:58:11 AM »
Welsh u16 national development squad just announced, see Wales section for details or go to Welsh football trust web site.

Wales Women's Football / Girls u16 National Development Squad announced
« on: January 04, 2012, 07:40:34 PM »

Girls’ Under 16 National Development Squad announced

Under 16 Team Manager James Rowberry has announced his squad to attend a four day training camp which takes place in Cardiff from Monday 16  – Thursday 19 January.

Selected Players

Name            Club                      School
Erin Brennan   Cardiff City Ladies FC   Cathedral High
Megan Roberts   Prestatyn FC   Prestatyn High
Rebecca Egerstrom   Dinas Powys FC   Stanwell High
Mared Jones   Llewod Llanrug   Syr Hugh Owen
Olivia Fuller   Liverpool FC   Prestatyn High
Hannah Bluck   Treforest FC   St Clares High
Fiona Dodge   Mardy Tigers   West Monmouth Comp
Aimee Hollingshead   Treforest FC   Bryn Celynnog Comp
Lowri Ridings   Cimla AFC   Cefn Saeson Comp
Bethan Cadogan   Lincoln City Girls   All Saints RC High
Kirstie Lewis   Tenby AFC   Greenhill High
Nia Jones           Tal y Bont FC   Ysgol Penweddig
Demi Brady   Garw FC   St Josephs High
Shauna Pentney   Mardy Tigers FC   West Monmouth Comp
Charlie Estcourt   Chelsea FC    Chiltern Edge High
Molly Griffiths   Tenby AFC   Ysgol Bro Gwaun
Kelsey Davies   Kinmel Bay Girls FC   Aberconwy High
Niomi Taylor   Prestatyn FC   Rhyl High
Francesca Curteis   Liverpool FC   Llanfyllin High
Laura Mitchell   Shrewsbury COE   Llanfyllin High
Shelby Richards   Dinas Powys FC   Glyn Derw High
Katie Midwinter   CPD Bethel   Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen
Chloe Hughes   CPD Bethel   Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen
Emily Curteis   Liverpool FC   Llanfyllin High
Louisha Doran   Kinmel Bay Girls FC   Eirias High
Katy Hosford   Rhos AFC   Dwr y Felin High
Delyth Williams   Llanyravon AFC   Ysfol Gyfun Gwynllyw
Mollie Jones   Troedyrhiw B&G FC   Cyfarthfa High

Technical Staff
James Rowberry                 (Team Manager)
Rob Thomas                        (GK Coach)      
Ben Bate                              (Analysis)
Lisa Williams                        (Physio)
Ian Allen                                (Sports Science)
Kevin McCusker                  (Logistics Officer)

 Operational Staff
Nicola Anderson                  (Education & Welfare Officer)
Amanda Smith                     (Project Co-ordinator)

The January Camp will mark the first time where all 28 players will train and play together as a unit, each player has been developed and guided under the North and South Regional Programme by Rowberry and the regional coaches.

Rowberry commented ‘This will be the first time this group of players will come together within a training camp and I’m very excited to develop the potential within the group. I’m also extremely looking forward to working with them.
We have a fantastic fixture list with the likes of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Finland to play. These fixtures will allow the players to showcase their talent on the international stage’

It will be interesting to see. I know some girls who are sitting on a couple of offers from CoEs but were still waiting to see what happens with this other league.

I am not sure that wasn't in the communication I received.

Confirmation of the set up for the alternate league...

We will be playing in a fixture programme with the following clubs:

We will be running 4 squads:
(These squads will be set at academic years NOT Calendar year)
Under 11's - 7 v 7
Under 13's - 9 v 9
Under 15's - 11 v 11
Under 17's - 11 v 11
Training will be twice a week as usual and games will be played on Saturday mornings.
Fixtures will start on Saturday 10th September 2011 and we will be looking to start training 2 weeks before that.
The fixture programme will finish on 12th May 2012.
There will be no fixtures during half terms because of holidays and also there will be no fixtures during December or January because of the weather and girls miss out on game time. So instead the girls will be playing Futsal.
There will also be a festival at all age groups at the end of the season.
Open weekends will be left for girls to play county level if they are selected
We have agreed to play players up and players down if need be to help the development of the individual. (Maximum of 2 players up and 2 players down in any one game)

Same for the U15 trials at Chelsea. 60 girls, overall good standard, for those invited back there will be a final trial next Saturday.

I received this overnight from a centre that has lost its licence in the SE.

Probably predictable but emphasises the holes that have been left around the country .....

Region 1 – South West (5)

Bristol Academy

Devon FA

Hampshire FA

Somerset FA

Oxford Utd

Region 2 – South East (8)



Brighton & Hove Albion


Millwall & Lewisham

Middlesex FA



Region 3 – Midlands (6)


MK Dons

Leicester City


Aston Villa

Sporting Club Albion

Region 4 – North West (6)

Manchester Utd






Region 5 – North East (5)

Teesside University

North Yorkshire

Sheffield Utd



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