This week the academy's under 9 team was invited to Liverpool to tackle three well-established cat. 1 sides, and managed a string of impressive results against their illustrious rivals.
Darren Molloy was the lead coach on the day, taking the team over to Merseyside, and he reported back on the successful trip:
"It was an early start but one well worth making for the under 9s academy group as they travelled to Liverpool academy to compete in a cat. 1 festival which involved Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspurs and Middlesbrough.
Working alongside Liverpool's Nick Marshall we have had a couple of games over the season, both at their venue and our own, and due to the competitive nature of those games the invite came about.
The boys played in 6 v 6 format in the morning and 9 v 9 in the afternoon, giving the boys a long day full of different challenges and a lot of football.
The boys started their tournament with a tough game against a very powerful and athletic Liverpool team and despite a late push the boys lost out 2-1. However, that seemed to kick-start our tournament as we went on to beat Tottenham 4-1 and Middlesbrough 3-1.
After the morning round of games, we restarted in the afternoon with a first taste of 9 v 9 football - a big challenge as we went on to take six points from the three games, leaving us with a strong finish and further enhancing the Chesterfield academy name.
A special mention must go to Arthur Pashley and Harrison Landon in the 6 v 6 games and Zac Hibbard and Callum Bedford in the 9 v 9 in what was a great team performance.
Due to the group doing so well Tottenham have kindly invited the boys down for another similar event at the end of August which I'm sure will be another top experience for our young players as they push the boundaries again for our Academy.
Special thanks must go to Nick Marshall of Liverpool and Gary Broadhurst of Tottenham for the organisation of the festival.
Competing with cat. 1 teams has been nothing new to the foundation phase teams and the academy as a whole as they have played Leicester, Derby, Manchester City and Aston Villa to name a few this season, winning the majority of those games and giving a gauge of where we are at as an academy.
Overall the tournament was a fantastic way to round off what has been an excellent season for the academy as a whole and once the boys have had a well-earned rest it will be straight back to tournament football as they travel to Ireland to take part in the Dublin Summer Cup in July."