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Prizes the reward for club progress

Portadown Youth under 12s won the National League Division One title with a perfect record of 20 consecutive wins. Pic by David Maginnis.

Portadown Youth under 12s won the National League Division One title with a perfect record of 20 consecutive wins. Pic by David Maginnis.

Portadown Youth players finished the season with silverware in the club trophy cabinet - but the measure of progress extends beyond any roll of honour.

Trophies were collected by the under nines, under 10s, under 11s, under 12s, under 15s and under 16s. The under 17s - installed last summer as a bridge between Portadown Youth and the parent club - also picked up a prize.

Although natural to celebrate any physical end product as a mark of achievement, club officials remain determined to highlight the momentum gained in areas less obvious.

“The priority must always be player development and that is the viewpoint shared by coaching staff across the whole of Portadown Youth,” said Portadown Youth chairman Jeff Kerr. “If trophies come at the end of the season as a result of that player development then we can be proud of those rewards.

“Silverware can come as a fine outcome to everyone’s overall commitment to player development but is not the main way we judge progress.

“It starts with the parents as that dedication in all kinds of weather makes everything else possible.

“The commitment from the coaching staff to a shared vision across the club is also vital and, of course, the players must respond in the right way.

“The links with Portadown Football Club are stronger than ever and to see players progress out of the youth and up to the parent set-up is so rewarding.”

Portadown Youth finished the inaugural Craigavon Cup tournament as overall champions based on results across the four age groups. Other highlights across the season included players representing the town club in England, Scotland and Spain.

Under 16s: National League Plate (champions), Preston Cup (champions).

Under 15s: National League Plate (champions), National League Section B (promotion).

Under 13s: National League Section A (runners-up), Hillsborough Boys’ Cup (runners-up).

Under 13s: Lisburn League Shield (runners-up).

Under 12s: National League Division One (champions), Craigavon Cup Shield (champions).

Under 11s: Craigavon Cup (champions).

Under 10s: Loughgall Tournament (champions), Craigavon Cup (runners-up).

Under Nines: (Craigavon Cup (champions), Loughgall Tournament (runners-up), Castle Juniors Tournament (runners-up), Banbridge Rangers Tournament (runners-up).

 

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