Academy youngsters back in action!


Glory’s young guns will make a welcome return to the grass this weekend, with each of the PGFC Academy age groups from the Under-12s to the Under-16s in action on Sunday.

While the Under-12s head north to take on ECU, the older groups will all face Forrestfield United at 1620 Capital Stadium at Hartfield Park and Academy Technical Director Steven McGarry cannot wait for the big kick-off.

“We’re delighted to be back playing games again in what has probably been the strangest season anyone has ever experienced,” he said.

“But despite all the challenges, we adjusted well and a huge thank you goes out to all the Academy coaches who have done a brilliant job.

“I’d also like to thank the parents for their continued support and the players themselves who have really got on board with the home program that we’ve had in place.”

McGarry went on to outline the main details of the home program which was specifically designed to ensure the Academy youngsters’ physical and mental well-being.

“It [the home program] has covered a lot of bases,” he said.

“The kids have been working every day on their ball skills, athletic development and performance analysis.

“The biggest thing for me during this period was to make sure that the guys remained connected with their squads, so they been having meetings and catch-ups on Zoom, quizzes and competitions and so on and then in the last couple of weeks, we’ve been back on the grass.

“The guys have also had a couple of friendlies to help them prepare and now they can’t wait to get back into it.”