Academy Year End Award Ceremony
The Bidvest Wits Academy held their annual Year End Function on Wednesday the 19th of November 2014. The ambiance at the function was one of celebration and joy, with the youngsters looking forward to receiving their awards and looking back on their achievements throughout the year.
The outcomes of the different age groups were as follows:
The Under 13’s played 16 games, they won 9, drew 5 and lost 2 games. They obtained 32 points out of a possible 48. This was the first year that Bidvest Wits has included this age group in their stable of teams.
Glen Salmon the Head of Academy Affairs had the following to say about the U13’s; “I’m most proud of them, they came in and did very well. They went from a group of nervous boys to mature footballers to put it that way”.
The Under 15’s played 16 games, won 12, drew 1 and lost 3 games. They obtained 37 points out of a possible 48.
The Under 17’s played 16 games, won 7, drew 5 and lost 4 games. They acquired 26 points out of a possible 48. Their highlights included participating in three competitions.
They played in the Inter-Provincial Tournament, where they won by beating Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in the final. They were runners up in the Engen Knockout Challenge losing 5-4 on penalties to SuperSport United. In the Engen Champ of Champs they lost to SuperSport United 1-0 in the final.
The Under 19’s played 16 games, they won 9, drew 4 and lost 3. They obtained 31 points out of a possible 48. They finished top of their group in the quarter-finals in the Metropolitan Premier Cup (BayHill Tournament). During the Brondby Cup held in Denmark, they beat the Brondby U19 team 4-0. Upon arrival after their first game six players were invited to train with the Brondby Academy team. After the tournament three players stayed behind for six weeks. One of whom returned in September and is still there.
Speaking after the event with Glen Salmon; “All the groups did very well and managed to qualify and participate in a number of tournaments.”
“All in all the whole Academy did well this year. However, it’s not always about winning, but it’s about the boys improving, seeing growth, and they all did exactly that throughout the season. We also had 8 of the U17’s called up to the National U17 team where the team qualified for the African Youth Championship taking place in Nigeria in 2015 where all the semi-finalists will qualify for the U17 World Cup. ”.