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We are the Champions!

We are the Champions!

Matt Davenport11 May - 13:25
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Our academy scholars make the grade, winning both of their league titles.

Congratulations to our Nuneaton Borough X CP Academy teams who have won their league titles competing against some top sides. Our first team secured their league title on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory against 433 Academy. Meanwhile, our development side won 2-1 against Etone yesterday to secure their league title.

Thrilled with the success of the academy sides, manager Kyle Storer had this to say following the celebrations at the Moat House:

"First of all, I would like to say a massive thank you to a few people. Without them, the success on this journey wouldn't have been possible. I'd like to thank academy director Guy Ratcliffe for his huge effort behind the scenes. Anytime I’ve needed support or guidance, he’s been there so a massive thanks to you Guy. Also academy secretary Mark Grimes for putting up with me on a daily basis from organising the fixture schedule to being my assistant manager. You’ve had such a positive impact on me and the academy, all your hard work is much appreciated."

"Next I'd like to thank Jac Redhead. The coaching process started with Jac and he was a massive part of getting the boys to the level they are now. The previous relationships and work he had done with the boys gave us a head start in preparations along with the structure we built together, so well done Jac and a big thank you. In addition to that, thank you Dan Jezeph for helping to develop the boys on a daily basis, whether it be the boys' education or helping out on the grass. His knowledge has really put the boys onto an upward curve so cheers Dan."

"Thanks also go to CP Academy and Nuneaton Borough for the partnership. Without your insight and hard work I might not have received the chance to coach these boys, which has been a privilege. There have been many more people that have driven the success of our academy, apologies if I haven't mentioned you but you know how much I appreciate what you have done".

"Last, but by no means least, my heartfelt thanks go to the players. To achieve two league championships in one season is incredible. We set a target and they delivered. The two teams lost just one game in 22 fixtures, which is incredible by anyone’s standards. The same group of players the year before, achieved just one point so to see the team grow as players and as young men has been the most rewarding for me. They have worked tirelessly on the pitch to meet my demands of structure and organisation and they produced at the first time of asking. They have given us an academy to be proud of so well done boys."

"The pathway created has shown time and time again how strong it is with six players breaking through into the Nuneaton Borough FC squad at Step 3 and another player playing regularly at another club. The most noticeable break out players were Beau Friel & Luke Curtlin who were both regulars in the Boro first team match day squad."

Academy secretary Mark Grimes added, "It has been a fantastic season for all involved with Nuneaton Borough FC X CP Academy. As Kyle said, the supporting team have all done a great job but a special mention has got to go to Kyle Storer himself. He has been the driving force for the academy. How he conducts himself daily speaks for itself. He is so professional and the lads all feed off him. They have a great bond and have all improved. They are now a lot more confident in their own ability since he has coached them. They have improved both technically and mentally to become better players. Six of them broke through to the Boro first team squad and our captain, Bradley Coleman, played at step 5. Beau Friel and Luke Curtlin were regular squad members for the Nuneaton Borough first team at step 3."

"Kyle has added structure, discipline and extremely high standards to all the players. They have all embraced it and I have seen them flourish on a weekly basis during games. They have all improved both individually and collectively as both footballers and young men. As a team, it has been an unbelievable season and a huge turnaround. Kyle picked the team up this season after they finished bottom of the table in the previous season. For both teams to now be league champions and lose only one league game in twenty two speaks for itself. However special it has been, the most rewarding thing has been the development of the players and how much they have improved in such a short space of time. Congratulations to all the players, they have been unbelievable all season."

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