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The Dream Team


Football Academy tops the league.

Hopwood Hall College’s Football Academy 1st team has topped their league after winning all of their fixtures in the 2015/16 season.

The team were delighted to win the English Colleges FA’s North West Cat 2 Premier League, adding yet another title to the previous eight that the 1st team have won since its inception in 2000.

Rob Johnson, Football Academy Head Coach comments: “All of our teams here are encouraged to play a passing brand of football and with excellent grass and 3G pitches at the College, we have no excuses not to.

Lots of parents attend the games, so I think it’s really important that the football is pleasing on the eye. Hard work and endeavour is positively encouraged, so when we lose the ball, we win it back quickly.

What’s also pleasing, is that securing another league title has been a real team effort as we operate a player rotation policy; if you’re not in the squad one week, you’ll definitely be in it for the following game.

Watching the players develop has also been a joy to see, with some of the lads having progressed from the 2nd team to the 1st and play an integral part of this ‘invincible’ season.

Our players are also in the ‘shop-window’ with vice-captain Kieran Glynn being spotted and offered a contract with a semi-pro club and has also been invited to trial with a local professional club.

It was almost double joy for the College, as the 2nd team narrowly missed out on retaining the title they won last year, finishing runners-up in the Cat 3 Premier League.