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Posted Thursday, May 31st 2018

Awards celebrate Academy success

Football stars of the future packed out Ashton Gate's Lansdown Restaurant for the end-of-season City Academy awards.

Youngsters from the Under-9s through to the Under-15s categories were presented with trophies, while proud parents watched on.

Academy manager Gary Probert opened the evening, while head of schoolboy coaching Luke Hussey also reflected on the past seasonS.

Head of education Thomas Harvey revealed the many great talents within the Academy, not just the players' footballing abilities and head of welfare Pete Coleman presented the Frank Jacobs Award.

These accolades are presented in honour of the former Bristol City coach, to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding effort, attitude and application over the course of the season.

Luke Hussey said: "The Foundation Phase winner was Joseph James (U12s) who always looks to assist coaches an demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities. This season along with his family, Joseph collected football kit and equipment from his team mates and then made a trip to Gambia to donate the collection to a local football centre.

"The Youth Development Phase winner was Nathaniel Williams (U15s) who has consistently demonstrated the Academy values to an extremely high standard.  Nathaniel acts as an excellent role model to the younger players and regularly takes on a leadership role. Nathaniel recently played with the U17 group of players which won the Yokohama Cup in Germany, scoring an important goal late in stoppage time in the semi-final."

There were also opportunities for all the players and their families to have their photographs taken with Academy graduates Zak Vyner and Lloyd Kelly.

Last night's winners were:

  • U9s - Gennaro
  • U10s - Karim
  • U11s - Archie
  • U12s - Romani
  • U13s - Zac
  • U14s - Harry
  • U15s - Joe