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Raised a junior, born a winner

Raised a junior, born a winner

Every junior dream;s of one day becoming professional but one ex junior is certainly on his way to fulfilling that dream as Finlay Cross Adair helped Preston North End Under 19's lift the Youth Alliance Cup beating Luton Town in the Final. For Finlay, it is just another step on a boyhood dream of becoming professional for his hometown team, one that started right here at the Juniors and proof that any one of our players with dedication and commitment can achieve their dreams. Finlay scored the second goal in a 4-1 win to clinch the cup which was added to the league title a few weeks back. He will return next year as a second yearer and hope he can secure professional contracts. To show how close he is to this dream, teammate Mikey O'Neill has already made his first team debut this season.

A bright day for our Under 8's

A bright day for our Under 8's

With the first day of sunshine this year, it was a fantastic morning for our Under 8's as they took part in their respective cup competitions. Both teams faced daunting groups, but expectations were high for both teams. The matches were played in a competitive spirit and both teams were up for the challenge. Undefeated in the groups, both teams faced quarter final slots, our Blacks against Astley and Buckshaw and our Reds faced Ribble Valley rivals Chipping. While the reds eased comfortably past Chipping, our Blacks faced the nail-biting scenario of penalties and ultimately the dreaded sudden death, but with no parent able to watch, they finished the game winners and will head to finals day. Finals day will take place on Saturday 14th May at Penwortham Holme and we hope that you can all get down and show your support on this exciting day.

England star meets our under 8 Reds

England star meets our under 8 Reds

Our Under 8's Reds received a visit at training this evening from England Amputee footballer and GB Para climber Martin Heald. Martin from Preston is a current England international playing in defence and has represented his country in World Cups and Euro championships. The kids were fascinated by his tales of playing in major tournaments and his sheer ability on the ball. They also bombarded Martin with plenty of questions of their own which he took time to answer each and every one of them. Thank you Martin for taking time out to put a smile on the children's faces.

Under 14's steel a five star sponsor

Under 14's steel a five star sponsor

Our Under 14's are proud to announce that SWC have agreed a deal to become training jacket sponsors until the end of the 2022/23 season. Steel is known for its hardness, toughness and strength much like the characteristics of our Under 14's and the two seem like a perfect fit. There is an immense pride to be associated with SWC and for the support that we receive from them as our main shirt sponsors and it should never be underestimated the benefit that they bring to the community of Longridge by allowing children to play and enjoy grassroots football.

Under 14's star for town team

Under 14's star for town team

Three of our young under 14's recently donned the shirts of the town team. Reuben Ssenyonga, Liam Sharples and Toby Coar donned the famous white jerseys to join a list of many famous players past and present that have played for the school team. It has been an exciting time for the club as these latest three, join eight players at the club currently playing for their respective age groups. It shows the reputation that the club now has and shows that people are watching us. We wish all our players the success that they deserve.

Re-laying the deal

Re-laying the deal

Our Under 11 Reds are pleased to announce that Grimsargh Carpets have agreed to renew their deal as training jacket sponsors to take them to the end of the 2022/23 season. Dane Leeming of Grimsargh Carpets has shown tremendous loyalty in renewing the sponsorship and it is hoped that our Under 10 Reds can repay this loyalty by wearing the training jackets with pride. The team are showing some tidy football with neat finishes much like Dane leaves a room once he has carpeted it. The two make a great partnership.

Recruiting the right team

Recruiting the right team

We are pleased to announce the recruitment of Zeus Personnel as our Under 10 jackets sponsors. The Under 10's coached by John Pickard have recruited a fine bunch of players and the results on the pitch are improving weekly. It is hoped that working in partnership with Zeus Personnel, they can only go on to higher levels. We thank Zeus Personnel for their support in these difficult times.

Caring for the future generation

Caring for the future generation

We are pleased to announce that Carefoot PLC are the new jacket sponsor for our Under 7 Whites. The deal is a massive one for the club as it brings the return of one of the club's oldest sponsors and shows the changing times at the club and the exciting times that lie ahead. The deal is based on trust and loyalty, and it is hoped that our under 7 reds can take these values on for future life. Our U7 Whites under the leadership of Leonard Sharple have constructed a close-knit team and the results on the pitch are beginning to show. We hope with the care of one of Longridge's biggest companies they can go right to the top.

U9 Red sponsors supply xmas cheer

U9 Red sponsors supply xmas cheer

Santa Claus made a surprise drop off this week as our U9 Red jacket sponsors had one last present for the team. McDonalds (Fulwood) have supplied the Under 9 Reds with a bundle of training equipment to turn them into little Ronaldo McDonalds. We are very grateful for the support shown by McDonalds and for the efforts put in globally towards grassroots football. The training bundle compised of cones, training bibs, balls, speed ladders, flat hurdles and kit bags.

Festive fun at juniors christmas party

Festive fun at juniors christmas party

There was festive fun to be had by all at the Longridge Town Juniors Christmas party held this weekend. All our juniors were treated to hot dogs, sweets, fun and games and of course a special appearance from the big man himself. With a wonderful set of parents in tow, we were also treated to some frosty receptions as they dressed up as snowmen to re-enact Olaf from Frozen. The highlight of the night though had to be the visit from the big man himself, who despite his heavy schedule managed to spend a couple of hours with us, meeting and speaking to the children and handing out presents to each and every one. A special thanks to Longridge Town Cricket Club for the use of their fantastic facilities for which it is hope will be used again and also to our wonderful elves who prepared the food and made sure everyone was suitably entertained. The night was finally made when Santa got back to the North Pole and sent this message "be proud of your players, they all behaved impeccably and are a credit to you all. Just want to say thank you to all my little elfers tonight. You are all on my good list. Gotta go, Im doing the same thing in half an hour in Russia. See you on the 25th" Now I believe in Christmas..........

Its electrifying...... U9 Blacks receive new training jackets

Its electrifying...... U9 Blacks receive new training jackets

Our U9 Blacks this week received their new training jackets following a sponsorship deal with Edmundson Electricals. Edmundson Electricals is the largest electrical distributor in the country, and it is a fantastic opportunity for the club to be associated with such a major company. The deal was negotiated by Mick Young who is U9 Blacks assistant manager. It is hoped that the deal will inspire the blacks to play electrifying football, lighting up the pitch with their distribution.

Success comes in three's

Success comes in three's

We are proud to announce that our U13's will have three representatives in the upcoming Town team squad. Ben Robertshaw, Jack Greaves and Louis Pacey-Blezard are the latest names who are set to join up with Preston Schools Under 13's team. The team is selected at trials from players put forward from secondary schools across Preston and to have three players from one team is a tremendous achievement and unheard of at the club. Club manager, Tony Smalley said "it's great news for the club and the lads fully deserve it. It shows the strength of the team we have when we had a few who narrowly missed out. The club is really moving in the right direction." The latest three names brings the total to five players that we currently have playing for town teams and this is a record for the club, it shows that the dedication and commitment from the players helped by our coaching is really paying off and it gives our younger players something to aspire to. Good luck lads, you deserve your reward.