Potential stars of future show skills
ON A cold December day, with the after effects of too much Christmas pudding and turkey sandwiches taking their toll, Ferrycarrig Park was over-run with the future of Wexford football and maybe even Irish football.
Thirty-five teams of Under-9s and Under-11s from Wexford and some from Wicklow donned their gear to blow off their festive cobwebs and it was a sight to behold.
Despite the cold winter weather, spectators and players alike revelled in the skill, good humour and sportsmanship that flowed and warmed the hearts and spirits of everyone lucky enough to witness it.
All of the young Messis, Ronaldos, Rooneys and Van Persies took the stage, some wearing their new boots, presents from Santa, which of course made them much better players.
They showed why it was so important they got those particular boots because without them they would not be able to perform the magic that will have Man. Utd., Barcelona and maybe even Wexford Youths knocking on their door looking for them to sign that contract which will catapult them into worldwide stardom.
The event, organised by The Wexford Football Academy, was a massive success and the biggest question of the day seemed to be when the next one is?
When asked how he felt about the success of the tournament, Tom Elmes, The Wexford Football Academy co-ordinator, expressed a deep pride and a little disappointment, as he explained that he had to turn away teams from Waterford and Kilkenny because they applied at the very last minute.
'This started out as an in-house tournament for the academy, but teams found out and the next thing I know I am dealing with applications from Wicklow, Waterford and Kilkenny,' he explained.
'It's amazing, we must be doing something right in our academy. I am so proud of the players, they performed so well using the skills that they learned at the academy and their own clubs.'
Elmes thanked the coaches who have done an incredible job and have had nothing but fantastic feedback from parents.
He also extended his appreciation to the parents and anyone else who has helped to launch this not for profit academy.