With all professional football clubs beginning their pre-season campaigns, the youth teams of Houghton Athletic FC, who we proudly sponsor, find themselves in a similar position.
The Under 10s competed in various pre-season tournaments, reaching the semi-finals of the Aces Nationals before falling to the eventual winners on penalties. They also made it to the finals of the Junior Premier League and a tournament put on by Peterborough United, winning a 32-team tournament in Rugby, and a 12-team tournament in Linslade.
The talented team also played up a year against under 11s and made it to another cup final, narrowly losing to the older boys. 3 boys from this team have also been picked up by professional academies, with 2 going to Peterborough United, and 1 to Cambridge United.
The Under 8s won tournaments put on by Cambridge United and Peterborough United, as well as tournaments in Linslade and Shortstown. Another great group of players, 4 have signed with professional academies at MK Dons, Luton, Cambridge and Peterborough, with 3 of the girls moving on to Watford, Arsenal and Cambridge academies.
More success was experienced by the Under 7s, who won their league cup final at both their age and the year above, whilst also winning competitions in Oxford and Stoke Hammond. 6 boys are currently training with the academies of Chelsea, Luton, Cambridge, MK Dons and Peterborough United, whilst Tottenham and Leicester are interested in 3 of this season’s under 7s.
Coach Paul Cremin and his wife Sarah are currently also preparing their Under 6s and Under 5s & 4s for what will be the first season for many of the boys.
Good luck for the upcoming season!