The 1st11 Academy were crowned U13 Plate Champions at the 22nd London International Soccer Festival after seeing off teams from Kuwait and Bahrain.
The tournament is held annually at Royal Holloway College in Egham, Surrey, and the U13 group included Brunswick FC Surrey, ASS Kuwait, ASS Bahrain, ASS South West and 1st11 Academy.
1st11 Academy U13 were playing their first ever competitive games as a team yet recorded some impressive results, with a 14-0 win over ASS Kuwait in the group stage and an emphatic 6-1 win against ASS Bahrain in the plate final – leading to a number of the players attracting interest from scouts.
Academy director Andrew Kuprewicz said: “We learnt a lot out there as a team, and in the final we continued our consistency from the group stages and played some really expansive attractive football with a number of the players putting in some fantastic performances.
“We have a good young squad here, if we can keep them together the boys will continue to develop and improve.
“A huge congratulations to the 1st11 Academy U13 squad, it shows their hard work paid off.”
1st11 Academy was set up by Andrew in September 2012 to address the gap between grassroots clubs and elite football.
The aim is to implement a culture of education and learning, where players take responsibility of their development instead of focusing on match results.
The academy operates Progression and Performance Centres in Watford and Tring where players work on their skills on a weekly basis.
They don’t enter into local leagues – instead, players who are members of the academy continue to represent their teams at the weekend and join 1st11 Academy once or twice a week to train and develop. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.1st11.co.uk.