IN just six months the Deeside Soccer School has gone from a fledgling training centre to a prime training school for talented young footballers.
The organisation, based at the Sandycroft Football Development Centre on Phoenix Street and the Garden City and Sealand Development Centre on Welsh Road, already boasts 75 players from toddlers up to 18-year-olds hoping to forge a career either as a player or a coach.
Head coach Clive Davies – the man behind the school – has just achieved his Uefa C coaching licence and is working toward his B licence.
He has started a junior team, Deeside Juniors, who play invitational friendly matches.
“The ethos for the school is football for everyone,” said Davies.
“We have a superb bunch of players and I want to do my best for them.
“D”eciding to play invitation football for the next 12 months, while we develop our various squads was tough.
“But it will involve us playing schools and clubs, both in the Clwyd Junior League and the Wrexham North East area and will improve us.
“I am also looking to play teams from the Chester area. We really do welcome inquiries about matches, which we can stage at any of our grounds.”
And in 12 months time the school should be home to many more young players eager to enjoy their football.
“Any player is welcome to come and train with us at the school,” said Davies.
“Football isn’t just about techniques and skills, it's about enjoyment, fitness and also social skills. The players here enjoy their football, have fun and make friends.”
The school is also supported by Garden City pub The Leprechaun and The New Inn in Sandycroft, where refreshments are often laid on for the youngsters.
Deeside Soccer School is funded by the members, with bagpacking a favourite.
“The players work hard as they know and the parents know what we are trying to achieve.
“Players deserve a chance and I am here to try and provide that opportunity.”
The school trains at Hawarden High School artificial pitch on Mondays and Deeside Leisure Centre on Wednesdays from 7-8pm.
On Saturday mornings, they are at Sandycroft Football Development Centre from 10am-noon and on Saturday afternoons they are at Welsh Road, Garden City from 2-4pm.
The school is always keen to hear from potential opponents, young people wishing to train as coaches, potential sponsors and anyone who would like to play.
“We welcome all ages,” said Davies. “From two-and-a-half to four years of age, they must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
“From five years and upwards, they can just come along and enjoy playing the game.”
If you are interested in any aspect of the football school, call Clive Davies on 01244 535824 or 07811 807446.