Newtown AFC Academy 2018/2019


Dates have been set for the Newtown academy and development centre sides for the coming season.

The current season is set to end, but coaches will soon be looking at a new intake of players ready for next season.

The trials are set to take place from May 1 at Latham Park, and the following information sets out everything you need to know.


Under 12s l Current year six players going into high school

Under 13s l Current year seven going into year eight (May 4th 8pm to 9pm)

Under 14s l Current year eight players going into year nine

Under 15s and 16s l Current year nine/ten players going into year 10 and 11.

Under 19s l Players who are aged between 16 and 18 on September 1.

Those who are accepted from U12 to U19 will return for a further trial on Tuesday May 8, and from there registration forms will be completed.

The academy sides train weekly on a Tuesday from 6pm to 7.30pm at Latham Park throughout the season, and enter the Welsh Academies Cup and Welsh Fustal competition, meaning two to three games per month on Sundays.

The under 13s and 15s sides will play friendly matches against other development sides.

The under 19 squad train on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 9pm and compete in the Welsh Premier Development League. 

On May 2, from 6.30pm to 8pm there is trials for under sevens, eights, nines led by Andy Heward, tens led by Robbie Hamer, and 11s led by Dave Rose.

Those attending must have the correct footwear, shin pads and a drink and be accompanied by an adult.

Those chosen will be invited back on May 9 and registration forms will be completed.

Head of youth Gareth Watkins said: "The Development Centre train weekly (starting in early August) on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8pm at Latham Park throughout the season and play challenge games against other Academy sides.

"This season, the squads have played against Everton, Liverpool, West Brom, Stoke, Cardiff, Swansea, Shrewsbury, South Wales Elite, Cefn Druids, Porthmadog, Bala, Aberystwyth, Ludlow, Telford, Caernarfon and TNS.

"You will find qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic coaches at our Academy trials who already lead sides in our Academy and Development Centre structure."

Any further information can be obtained from Gareth Watkins, Head 0f Youth 07814399766