Academy off to a Flying Start!

The academy side has got off to a flying start in their division of the National League U-19s Alliance competition winning all four games played.

They had two hat-tricks in their 8-0 thrashing of neighbours Farsley Celtic with skipper Albert Ibrahimi netting three times within four minutes in the opening ten minutes of the game.

This put Farsley on the back foot and with Tabish Hussain also bagging a hat-trick and further goals coming from Kayle Price and Joe Webster.

This was a solid, professional performance from the Young Lions and now it is on to Thursday night of this week when the club’s youngsters have an FA Youth Cup tie away to Rossington Main.

So far in the league they have notched four wins from four games against Rochdale, FC United of Manchester, FC Halifax Town and Farsley Celtic and have scored 16 goals without conceding.

Guiseley’s U-17 team in the Junior Premier League have also had a great start winning all three games against UFCA (7-0), 780 Coaching (10-0) and Oxford City (4-1).

The Academy side based at Shipley College, and competing in the English Colleges League under that name, have played one game defeating Kirklees College 7-0.

The most pleasing factor for the staff is that in this period the teams have collectively scored 44 goals and conceded just one.

Last season players from the Academy continuing their education at Benton Park School helped the school win the English Schools’ Cup for the first time in their history.

We also have a Centre of Excellence and their Under-16s have been making an impact against professional clubs in recent weeks having played and won against Sunderland and Sheffield United.

Guiseley Academy Head Dave Currie said: “Whilst both clubs had a large number of players from the U-15s age group no one can argue about how positive these performances are and how much they help to put Guiseley AFC Academy on the map.”

The U-16s JPL results have also been excellent with a 2-1 win over UFCA, a 7-0 win over Chorley and a 5-2 win over Rochdale.

The Guiseley Centre of Excellence now has teams running from age Under-13 to Under-16 and they are always looking for elite junior Sunday

League players in addition to players with pro club Academy experience to join these age groups.

Players may remain with their Sunday teams but will have the opportunity to compete against professional and non-league clubs under the Guiseley AFC banner.

If any players would like a trial for the Centre of Excellence they should e-mail dave.currie@guiseleyafc.co.uk giving details of their previous teams, positions played, date of birth etc.

Guiseley’s Academy has been a great success not only on the field but also off it with a number of the players continuing their education (initially at Carr Manor School in Leeds but now at Benton Park School, Rawdon, and Shipley College, and now having gained degrees.)

On the field two players have gone on to gain full time contracts with professional clubs – Ben Whitfield at Premier League Bournemouth and Jacob Brown at Barnsley.

The club’s own first team squad has currently got signed on three players who have emerged from the Academy in Will Wells, Scott Smith and George Gomersall.