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Moors Academy profit in training session coached by Aidy Boothroyd
*The England Under-21 manager visited Solihull Moors to coach our rising stars - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 12th Feb 18

The Moors Academy squad were treated to an exclusive one-off coaching session last Thursday as England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd and his staff visited Solihull Moors.

Boothroyd, 47, is currently gearing his Young Lions squad up for European Championship qualification, with the finals set to take place in Italy and San Marino next year.

Prior to the going out onto the ATG Stadium pitch to lead his session, Boothroyd sat down with solihullmoorsfc.co.uk to talks us through what brought him to The Moors.

He said: “Mark Fogarty has very kindly allowed us to come and practice with the younger players of Solihull to work on some of the things that we’re going to practice with our Under-21s team.

“We’ve had a big break between November until March and it’s good for us to come and get some coaching done.”

Boothroyd has managed at the highest level having gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006 with Watford in what was his first managerial role. Our Young Moors were given a taste of what it’s like to work with a coaching team currently nurturing the future of English football.

“We’re going to do a bit of stuff on our defending, our high press and how we defend in different areas of the pitch because it’s something that although we’re doing reasonably well so far (top of the group), we want to get better.

“We have to qualify for the European Championships in 2019 in Italy, but in order to do that we need to keep pushing and make sure we keep getting better.

“There’s always been and there always will be a place for non-league football – some really good players come out of it.

“Although we live in an age where there’s a lot of academies and a lot of money in academies, players do get missed and non-league football gives players an opportunity to not only gain valuable experience playing against men, but it also gives them an understanding of how important it is to win with performance.”

Despite the non-league scene not having the riches that come with playing for an academy at the top level, Boothroyd wants players just like those at Moors Academy to never give up.

“Keep going, keep practising,” He insisted.

“Don’t be caught out by distractions, there are plenty of them in this modern day and the pillars remain the same. Hard work, don’t be afraid of getting it wrong, make mistakes but get better and make different mistakes next time.

“English football is in a brilliant place. We’ve got some outstanding players; we’ve got great relationships with clubs who have done the majority of the work it has to be said.

“What we’ve got to do is support our national team manager in every way we can to be able to get players through.

“It’s a young group that he’s (Gareth Southgate) got, but it’s a very ambitious and talented group. We’re all really excited and looking forward to the World Cup in Russia.”

And after having a brief look around the facilities at Solihull Moors, Boothroyd was impressed with the progress made at the club in such a short space of time and is predicting a successful future.

“It’s come a long way in five years – that was the last time I was here. I know Mark Yates very well and I know Tim Flowers even better having worked against one and having worked with the other. I think the club are in really good hands.

“It’s great that everybody’s pulling together and a club that’s got a reputation for being a good non-league club is doing really well.

“If you can manage to survive this year, I’d be really excited about the years to come.”

Director of Sport Mark Fogarty knows Boothroyd well having spent time with the former Northampton boss at West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City.

“Aidy is one of the brightest, young managers that are out there,” Fogarty said.

“He’s very articulate, very modern in his ways and it’s no surprise to me that he’s doing what he’s doing with England.

“He wants to coach as much as he can and there was an opportunity to come in and work with our reserves and I thought that it was a fantastic thing to follow up.

“To show that he’s a man of his word, he got in touch with me. Not only has he came today to take a session with our lads, but he’s brought all his staff with him as well which is a mark of the man.

“It’s only going to be fantastic for our lads and indeed for our staff because the first team staff are here, the academy staff are here and when else would some of these lads get the chance to work with the England set-up?

“It’s going to be a benefit for them, it’s going to be a benefit to wherever they go in the future and hopefully it can give them a bit more education in relation to playing at the highest level they can possibly play at.”

Everyone at Solihull Moors would like to thank Aidy and his staff for taking the time out to work with some of our younger players. We hope you enjoyed your afternoon at The Moors.

England U21s face Romania U21s at Molineux on Saturday 24th March (5:15pm kick-off) in their next international match. Tickets for the game are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Tickets can be purchased now by clicking here.

 
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