Football Academy celebrates its fifth anniversary at Amble

Jeannie Kielty from Banks Community Fund with the equipment Banks have given to  the Juniors and the Walking Football Club on the occassion of the Tiny Woods Academy 5th birthday. Picture by Jane Coltman
Jeannie Kielty from Banks Community Fund with the equipment Banks have given to the Juniors and the Walking Football Club on the occassion of the Tiny Woods Academy 5th birthday. Picture by Jane Coltman

Tiny Woods Academy were delighted to welcome Jeannie Kielty from Banks Community Fund ahead of the Academy’s fifth birthday celebrations.

Tiny Woods Academy began on July 4, 2013 by Josh Rutherford and Jamie Dixon when they were both students at Newcastle College, and since then the Academy has been on a wonderful journey.

It has given children a platform to progress into grassroots football.

In the five years, Tiny Woods Academy have managed to attract former professional stars and current up and coming stars as special guests to inspire young budding footballers such as Nolberto Solano, Olivier Bernard, Kevin Ball, Julio Arca, Gary Bennett, Kieron Brady, Callum Williams and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

The Academy has also appeared on the TV featuring on Football Matters on Made In Tyne & Wear in the summer of 2016.

Banks Community Fund were generous to fund Tiny Woods Academy with much needed equipment which FA Licensed Coach Josh Rutherford used as an intitative to form two clubs in Amble East End Juniors and Amble East End Walking Football Club.

Josh Rutherford said ‘We are very grateful to Banks Community Fund for helping the Academy to form two clubs which inspires both the younger and older generation’.

Amble East End Juniors have two teams at Under 7 and Under 8 Level, as well as a Development Squad, which will compete in the Pinpoint Recruitment Junior League come September.

While Amble East End Walking Football Club have competed in friendlies and tournaments since November 2017 and managed to win their very own Walking Football Tournament recent as May as part of the Amble Puffin Festival.

Josh Rutherford added ‘The clubs progressing very nicely both the Junior Section and the Walking Football Club, numbers are expanding each week which is absolutely fantasitc and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Jeannie Kielty from the Banks Community Fund said: “So much effort, energy and determination has gone into making Tiny Woods Academy a community football club, with football for those as young as five and walking football for those who, later in life, want to get back into sport and exercise.

“The Academy is a fantastic asset for the people and families in the surrounding communities and as a business that has worked in South East Northumberland for over 30 years, we’re proud to be playing our part in supporting this great club and we’re looking forward to seeing their successes in years to come.”

Anyone wanting to join the club either the Junior Section or the Walking Football Club contact Josh Rutherford on 07714862292.