Academy scholars host schools tournaments at The Nest

A group of Norwich City Academy’s scholars recently put on competitive and enjoyable football tournaments for local high school students at The Nest.

“All of us lads have spent a couple of months planning for these events,” Under-18s midfielder Joe Duffy told

“We’ve all taken up individual roles, so I’m in charge of finance and marketing, so I promoted this event and made some leaflets.

“It’s nice to be out on the pitch and taking some responsibility, doing different jobs than usual so the kids can have fun.”

On a sunny November afternoon, the second tournament’s final was won on a penalty shootout following an exciting 3-3 draw.

“It’s brilliant and a good experience for us all because none of us have really done something like this before,” said U18s defender Brad Hills.

“It puts you out of your comfort zone so it’s a different experience to what we’re normally used to. There are a couple of decent players, but unfortunately they support Ipswich!”

“It’s helping us to be able to prepare events in the future,” U18s forward Kenny Coker added. “I’ve kept pushing new ideas forward in order to make it happen.

“It’s a different feeling because normally I’m on the receiving end of the coaching. To be able to coach is quite a nice feeling.”

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