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Rovers U16s enjoying competitive football

8 October 2019

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Rovers U16s have made an excellent start to the season as they embark on their first taste of competitive football in a mini league which will run until Christmas.

The U16s are competing well in this league putting in excellent performances and registering some impressive results along the way.

As well as the mini-league, the team have also tested themselves in friendlies against Category 1 and Category 2 academies as well as a number of U18s sides. They have performed really well in these matches and coaches are noticing improvements every week.

As well as the mini-league and friendlies, the U16s complete their busy schedule by competing in the highly competitive Clarets Cup.

The Clarets Cup is an U17s competition organised by Premier League side Burnley and features academy teams from across the professional leagues. Huddersfield Town were recent opponents for Rovers.

Lead youth development phase coach Tony Mee says: “The Under 16 group is always a tricky one as it is such a crucial year for the players not just in football terms but also in educational terms as it is their GCSE year.  

"They've taken to competitive football really well and are competing at the top end of the table which is pleasing to see.

“We aim to give these players the best chance to succeed in life as well as in football and we have an excellent part-time and full-time staff to support them in all areas, including sports science, education, and psychology.”

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