Trial for club’s U-19 squad to be held this Wednesday

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Players are invited to trial for selection to this year’s Cambridge U-19 squad to play at the national youth tournament in Napier.

Napier City Rovers will host the annual Lotto National U-19 Tournament over Labour Weekend (October 20-22).

The trial will be held at John Kerkhof Park on Wednesday August 8, from 6-7pm.

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Be currently registered to Cambridge FC or seeking to be a guest player for the tournament (the club is allowed two).
  • Be aged between 15 and 19 (born after January 1, 1999, or turn 15 before October 20, 2018)

If you are interested but unable to attend the trial, please contact team manager Maree Woodall via email mareew@cambridgeeast.school.nz, providing your name and contact details and we will get back to you.

The co-coaches of the Cambridge squad are Paul Richardson and Bradley Rea who hold senior level 2 and youth level 3 qualifications.

Paul Richardson joined Cambridge this year and is now the coach of the club’s Northern League first team squad. Bradley Rea played in the last year’s satellite tournament-winning team. He is also a member of the first team and coaches with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.

Sponsorship opportunity

If your business is looking for an excellent chance for promotional exposure, our club can provide a sponsorship package in return for a contribution towards the costs of helping our squad play at the youth championships.

To learn more, email Cambridge Football Club.

Tournament record

The Napier tournament has been running for more than 30 years and has traditionally provided the opportunity for young players to shine in front of national age group selectors.

The tournament is run in two sections – the Main Group and a Satellite Group.

Winning the Satellite Group means Cambridge is eligible to enter the tournament’s Main Group next season, facing some of New Zealand’s strongest clubs.

In 2006, the Cambridge team won the Satellite Final 1-0 against Ellerslie but were deemed to have breached tournament rules. The squad included a young Chris Wood (now an All White and playing for Burnley in the English Premiership). However, Wood was ruled ineligible to play at the tournament because he was 14 (and the minimum playing age is 15).

In 2007, Cambridge won the Satellite section of the tournament, beating Dunedin Technical 2-1 in the final.

In 2009, a Mike Woodlock-coached Cambridge team reached the Satellite Final, going down 1-0 to Dunedin.

In 2016, Cambridge reached the quarter finals, where they were beaten 2-0 by FC Twenty 11.

In 2017, Cambridge, coached by Adrian Clark, won the Satellite Final, beating Tauranga City United 3-2.

Click here to read coverage of last year’s tournament success, and see video highlights.

Main photo: Cambridge’s successful 2017 U-19 squad