STALYBRIDGE Celtic Juniors’ Under-12s had a successful first foray into competitive Futsal, a variation of five-a-side football with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball.
They won a competition for the right to represent the Cheshire County FA in the regional finals of a nationwide tournament.
Celtic won all three of their games against Warrington, national champions Tranmere Rovers and Cheshire Futsal.
They will go forward to represent Cheshire in January’s North West finals which are to be played in Manchester.
The U12s are enjoying a successful season as are division two leaders in the Manchester Youth and Mini Soccer League and through to the semi-finals of the Martyn Hett Trophy and last eight in the Manchester County Cup.
Celtics’ U6s picked up a trophy in their first-ever tournament.
They entered two teams in the Bolton Power League tournament and the Blues triumphed.
The five teams in the tournament played each other in a round-robin before the top two teams contested the final where Blues beat Winton.
A group of Celtic’s junior coaches attended a ‘coaching the coaches’ session hosted by Manchester United at their academy/Football in the Community base at The Cliff training complex.
The session on Saturday, November 30 focused on street football and games to promote development and technique.
The coaches who attended took away lots of new ideas to bring into their training sessions and their players will soon see the benefits.
Celtic’s soccer school has closed for its winter break which will return on Saturday, February 1.
The soccer school has seen more players than ever before move on to teams.