Grading starts for FUYA

Grading started this week at Drury for the Franklin United Youth Academy of Football.
It was the first time FUYA found its feet on the field and Ben Fletcher, director of coaching and his team thoroughly enjoyed the week.
“It’s great to finally get out there and start the academy,”he said on Thursday 8 February. “There’s some great talent turning up and we’ll match that talent with quality coaching to develop the next generation for Franklin United.”
Tony Sibley (ex All White and U19 coach in 2017) was there as a grader and marvelled at how quickly the academy has got on its feet. “At the end of last season I knew the only way to develop the club was to focus on the young players, I’ve been staggered at how quickly the academy has been started!”
Also last week, the organisation were awarded $10,000 of funding from the New Zealand Racing Board. The money will go towards buying playing kits for the season, alongside various technical equipment. The academy currently have grant applications in the process worth more than $30,000. The Pelorus Trust also supported the purchase of 100 Nike training balls.
Grading continues at Pukekohe AFC next week. For more information and trial times, visit their Facebook page ‘Franklin United’.

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