Updated: 15/03/18 : 15:49:35
Two top coaches from the Derby County Academy visited Sligo
last week on a reconnaissance mission ahead of their participation in this year’s Sligo Super Cup, which takes place at
the Showgrounds on the May Bank Holiday Weekend, 4th-6th.
Derby are one of eight teams lined up for the second running
of this exciting elite under-12 tournament which proved to be an outstanding
success in its inaugural year.
Joining the top English Championship club’s youngsters this
year will be academy teams from Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday (making a
return visit to Sligo), Chesterfield, Glenavon, Mayo, hosts Sligo/Leitrim and
the Dublin&District Schoolboys League, who will be defending the title they
won so impressively last year.
Derby County’s Head of Academy Operations, Mr. John Barton,
a former Everton and Derby right back from the 1980’s, was hugely impressed
with the preparations and the standard of facilities in Sligo.
“The Showgrounds is a magnificent stadium, and it will be a
great thrill for our young lads to play there.
It will be something new for the kids to play in such a big ground in a
competitive atmosphere, and it will really test them. We’re really excited
about this tournament,” Mr.Barton said.
Tom Crisp, the coach who will guide the Derby youngsters at
the Sligo tournament, told why it’s important for academy teams to compete in
this type of event.
“We take in kids from eight years onwards, and it’s a very
structured development pathway. It’s good to take them out of their comfort
zone, to test them against other academies and to see them take on the
responsibility of playing away from their normal environment. We’re looking forward to taking them to
Sligo,” he explained.
The tournament will feature sixteen matches over three
action-packed days. The draw for the group stage games takes place at County
Hall on Thursday, April 12th, and will be broadcast on OceanFM the