At a rain soaked Kepier on Wednesday 5th December, our Year 10 Elite Football Academy played St. Aidan's School from Harrogate for a place in the quarter finals of the English Schools Football Association Playstation Cup. In truly horrendous conditions, with torrential rain lashing both players and spectators, the first 15 minutes proved hard work for both teams, Kepier having the majority of possession but St. Aidan's defending well. After 16 minutes, Kepier made the breakthrough with Dunn opening the scoring. After another 5 minutes Gardiner added a second, but despite this St. Aidan's continued to prove difficult to break down further, and at half time were very much still in the game at 2 - 0. However, within 3 minutes of the second half commencing Kepier added a third goal, O'Connor finding the net and settling any nerves. Kepier continued to play some attractive football, but despite having much of the ball throughout the second half it took until the 62nd minute for them to add a fourth goal, Pye smashing in from the edge of the box, with Gardiner adding his second and Kepier's fifth three minutes later to give a final score line of 5 - 0. Well done to both teams for producing a great game in the conditions, and we await the draw for the next round!
Kepier were delighted to welcome Paul Crager from Middlesbrough Football Club to work with some of the learners from our Elite Football Academy. Paul is a vastly experienced coach, who has worked with Middlesbrough's U9 - U12 age groups for many years. Paul Jenkins, Lead Academy Coach here at Kepier, said continuing with our intentions to give our learners in the Football Academy a wider range of experiences within the program, we were fortunate to have Paul visit Kepier and coach our Year 7 and 8 age groups and view their talents. "The learners had the opportunity to showcase themselves, and it was a fantastic day for all involved". Many thanks to Paul for giving up his time!
On Friday of last week, our Year 10 Kepier Elite Football Academy progressed to the quarter finals of The English Schools Football Association Playstation Cup. The visitors were Hurworth Grange School from Darlington, who came up to Kepier for a lunchtime kick off. Click for more info.
The highly-respected coach spent two decades at Boro, working with the club's youngsters and the first team