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Ladies Elite pair Amelia Hazard and Rebecca McShane have been selected for the England College’s National side and will set off on tour to Barcelona next week.

The pair have played a key role in this season’s successes, having featured in all the games when fit, accumulating over 1100 minutes of match time between them.

Outside of EDSV, the attacking midfielder Amelia Hazard started her season off with MK Dons. As the season broke into the half waypoint, Amelia began to attract much attention from FAWSL clubs, and her consistent performances caught the eye of Arsenal, who she signed for in February.

Hazard, a first-year scholar with the Elites has played in over 500 minutes of game time and has been involved in the vast majority of goals scored, bagging three for herself.

Defensive midfield player Rebecca McShane has also shared much success in football outside of the Academy. The second year scholar made her breakthrough into FAWSL side Watford Ladies 1st XI, after featuring for much of the season in their Development side.

‘Becks’ as she is better known has played in over 650 minutes worth of game time and has spent her time mostly marshalling our defence; however has still managed to produce two goals this season, one of which being a bullet shot into the top left corner in the league fixture against Spurs, cementing itself as our goal of the season.

Head coach of our Ladies side Leigh Nicol isn’t surprised by the call ups and believes they’re both fully deserved for the season they’re having.

“They are two players who consistently develop and are so hard working. Not just the intensity in which they train, but the quality that comes with it day in day out is something you would expect from football players who have the potential to play at the highest level, which they certainly do.”

Academy Director Chris Watters also said “It’s important to understand that these two great individuals come from different ends of the football spectrum.

Amelia came to us from a well-respected MK Dons academy. From there she has progressed onto the likes of Arsenal in the FAWSL, whilst Rebecca came to us from grass roots side Harvesters; however now they both play for FAWSL sides, as well as representing EDSV and England Colleges in Barcelona”.

The addition of Hazard and McShane now means that the Academy can boast four players to participate in this tour within the past two seasons. Last year, both Beth Lumsden and Megan Gordon were selected for the same squad, with the former being named as Captain.

The ongoing progression these two individuals have made from breaking into our first team from grass roots and development teams, progressing onto WSL football sides and now onto an England Colleges call up leaves us asking the question… What does the future hold for these two?

For the second year in succession, the Men's Elites will be part of the last 16 draw for the National Play Offs.

Last season saw the Elites finish in third place in their league and just qualify for the National Play Offs. They went onto get knocked out in the ¼ finals after losing in extra-time to Dereham College.

This season’s ever-improving Elites are on track for the league title and are set to embark on an even better journey in this seasons National Play offs.  

The draw for the last 16 of the National Play Offs will see the Elites travel to Tresham College for what looks to be a testing fixture. The fixture is set to be played on the 21st of March in Kettering, the home of Tresham College.

Tresham College compete in the ECFA Category 1 within the Group 5 Division. This division hosts a number of familiar faces in; Dereham College, who knocked the Elites out in the previous season’s ¼ final of the National Play Offs. The division also hosts Milton Keynes College, who were victorious in a 3-0 win over the Elites in the National Cup earlier this year. Tresham are 2nd in the league with Milton Keynes sitting top and Dereham in 3rd place.

Both the Elites and Tresham are undergoing similar runs of fortune, with the Elites unbeaten in their last nine league games and Tresham unbeaten in their last four. Both teams suffered their last defeat against a strong Milton Keynes side. The Elites lost 3-0 and in their fixture away from home and Tresham suffered a 5-0 defeat when they played them in their home fixture.

Along with similar runs in form, both teams sit in a respective second position in their league tables. Both sides have one fixture left to play and can be crowned champions of their leagues. The Elites have to overcome FAB Academy in their final fixture to be crowned champions and Tresham will need to win, and score a considerable amount of goals in their final fixture for them to be crowned champions.

Academy Director Chris Watters has said ‘we have a lot to prove in this competition. We believe we can improve on last season’s ¼ final cup exit. We have a talented group of boys who have bonded well together and are hungry to carry on winning games’.

The Elites are hoping to trigger a thrilling journey in the cup with a win over opponents Tresham. Manager Jimmy Martin is in great confidence for the fixture and believes the Elites can use their astonishing league form as momentum to kick-start a devastating cup run.

The fixture is scheduled to be played on Wednesday 21st April.
The Ladies squad yesterday made Academy history by reaching the semi-finals of the ECFA National Cup, making them the first EDSV team to ever reach the final four.

In six seasons, the provision has always enjoyed cup runs; however, there seemed to be a quarter-final hoodoo after previously reaching the last sixteen on four other occasions, only to suffer defeat.

Going in to yesterday’s fixture, it would be fair to suggest that the girls were slight underdogs. Travelled to compete against the very impressive Reading Women JMA squad was never going to be an easy day at work, and it was clear to see that hard graft was going to be needed from the first whistle as Reading piled on the pressure straight away with a string of chances.

After a high tempo start from both teams, the Elites began to take the ascendancy with some solid passages of play.

A few half chances fell the girl’s way before a moment of brilliance proved to be the difference between the two teams. The ball made its way to Eliza Diaz who fashioned herself a yard. The following shot could only be described as a canon as it crashed against the bar and bounced down in to the six-yard box. It proved not to be a ‘nearly’ moment however as the onrush of defenders and forwards saw a scramble and the ball trickle over the line and become the first and only goal of the game.

Reading continued to plug away to rectify the deficit; however, the defending of the Elites outweighed the home sides attacking attempts and they couldn’t find a way through.

Not to be without further chances, the EDSV girls had three good opportunities to extend their lead but the early goal proved to be enough as the delightful sound of the final whistle rang out loudly.

Speaking with Ladies Academy Manager after the game, Nicol said she was ‘proud and pleased’ that the girls hard work had been rewarded. “We’ve not been without our fair share of negatives this season and it would have been very easy for the girls to have given up on a number of occasions; however, the togetherness of our girls is a large reason behind their success” stated Nicol.

Next up is home advantage against Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), who are also enjoying an incredible season. Plying their trade in the ECFA West Midlands Category 2 League, NULC are yet to taste defeat as they have won all seven of their league games, and created a +24-goal difference on their way.

The semi-final date is yet to be confirmed; however, what we do know is two very good teams will be hoping for that place in the final, which will be played at Walsall FC on Monday 30th April.
Men's Elites Make Nationals...AGAIN!

For the second year in succession the Elites have secured their place in the ECFA Premier League National Play-Offs, and will now compete against the other 15 finalists to be crowned ECFA National Champions.

Last season saw the Men’s Elite squad play in the Premier League for the very first time after being crowned ECFA Category 2 League Champions the previous season.

A solid campaign saw them reach the National Cup ¼ Finals, as well as reaching the National Play Offs at the first time of asking; however, an agonising extra-time defeat at the hands of Dereham College saw them fall out at the final 16 stages.

This season however has seen a stronger league campaign and confidence within the Academy is high as they sit one victory from being crowned League Champions.

The start of the season saw the group pick up two victories in their first two fixtures under the tutelage of Head Coach, Scott McGliesh. Unfortunately, due to work commitments with the PFA, Scott was required to step down from his post, making way for his successor Jimmy Martin to come in.

The Elites went on to lose their next two league fixtures in a row; however, hard work on the training pitch and a serious test of character saw the group of Elites develop quickly into a side that would go unbeaten in the league to this very day.

The Men’s Elite side are currently sitting top, with one fixture left to play. The title deciding final fixture is to be played against last year’s champions FAB Academy, who are currently sitting in second place.
Academy Director Chris Watters has said ‘getting into the play offs in succession is a great statement on the consistent quality produced here at EDSV. The push for the league title is greatly down to the Elites persistent hard work throughout the season but also demonstrates how greatly we’re improving as an academy, having previously finished in third place’.

Elite’s Manager Jimmy Martin said ‘the players put themselves under a lot of pressure early on but showed their real character and trust within systems and tactics going into must win game after must win game. The pressure is now a privilege that they’ve earnt and must continue to enjoy’.

With the draw for the National Play-Offs to be made on Thursday 8th March, the Academy eagerly awaits to not only find out who their opponents are in the last 16, but also fulfil the outstanding league decider against FAB Academy.
Success story – Lumsden signs for Arsenal.
EDSV Academy star Beth Lumsden has been given the chance to shine for Arsenal FC, after recently signing from Chelsea Ladies.
Beth set out on her journey with EDSV in 2015 with her mind set on chasing the dream. As Beth’s time at the Academy went on, she began to catch the eye of a few big clubs, whose attention grew stronger and stronger as her exceptional performances grew consistent.

When Beth’s first season with EDSV ended, it saw her help the women’s first team attain second place in Category 2 of the ECFA League, as well signing for Chelsea Ladies.
As the 2016/17 season kicked in it saw the EDSV Ladies team compete in the top category of the ECFA in only their third year of running. This added pressure on to the star performers of the previous season such as Beth to perform, as well as lead the team to a successful season. Under this added pressure Beth only exceled. The 2016/17 season saw Beth help EDSV attain the Category 1 league title and her consistent, skilled performances attracted some attention. As her second season with EDSV closed, she signed with Arsenal Ladies.

After signing, and clearly impressing at Arsenal, she was given the opportunity to travel to Germany with the first team for a pre-season game. The game in Germany saw Beth acquire her first start for her new club with hopefully many more to come.
New logo, new identity, a new era begins – EDSV brandish new crest
A new chapter in the growing history of The EDSV Academy has been set, as we unveil the new logo.

The new logo is set to distinguish how the Academy has modernised itself, leaving the old logo behind as its foundations. The logo brandishes a new identity at the Academy, with a revamp of coaching staff, training equipment as well as a fresh new kit for the 2017/18 season.

The new identity is compatible with the modern day brands of football, with its simplicity contrasting with its significance. As The EDSV Academy expands with the development of their academy, and youth sides, as well as performance and development centres, the simplicity of the logo makes it easy to recognise as the brand begins to inflate.

The modernisation of EDSV off the pitch transcends onto the pitch, with the demand for excellence increasing. With the new set of staff employed with the responsibility of delivering valuable sessions, they also hold the responsibility of passing on the new mentality to the players, with the value of the word team becoming more important than ever. 
New Website
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