Wolves star Dave Edwards pays visit to new Academy home

Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards, centre of the back row, lines up with Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport coaches Kevin Sandwith, left, and Jamie Haynes and a host of local youngsters at the Crossbar Academy
Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards, centre of the back row, lines up with Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport coaches Kevin Sandwith, left, and Jamie Haynes and a host of local youngsters at the Crossbar Academy

Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport now hold their Shrewsbury Academy, run in partnership with the Shropshire Schools and Colleges FA, at the new 3G pitch at the revamped London Road Sports Centre in the town.

Sessions for youngsters aged between eight and 11 take place at the venue each Thursday evening between 5.30 and 6.30pm while a similar Academy is held in Telford every Monday at Telford College of Arts & Technology from 5-6pm.

Dave knows Crossbar director Gavin Cowan and his assistant Jamie Haynes well from their time together at Shrewsbury Town earlier in his career and said he was pleased to pay a visit to the budding young footballers at the Academy keen to follow in his own footsteps.

“The facilities Crossbar can now offer at the London Road Sports Centre are really good,” added Dave, who scored the winner as Wolves won 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship last weekend.

“All the kids taking part clearly enjoy it and it’s great additional coaching for them to help make them better players.

“I know Gavin and Jamie and they are very good coaches with really good people skills and they interact really well with the children.”

Crossbar director Gavin stressed he was delighted to have moved his company’s Shrewsbury Academy to an impressive new base in the county town where local youngsters have the opportunity to receive top quality coaching from former professional footballers.

“The facilities at Shrewsbury College are now on another level so it’s a brilliant link for us,” said Gavin. “We’ve been partners with Shrewsbury College for some time so it was a natural progression for us to go there and start delivering sessions.

“It’s a great facility for the local community and it means children can carry on enjoying their football and staying active throughout the winter.

“That’s our focus, to keep them active and keep some continuity about what we’re doing to make sure they are developing all the time through the sessions that we deliver.”

Gavin added he was grateful to midfielder Edwards, his former Shrewsbury Town team mate, for finding the time to call in at the London Road Sports Centre.

“Dave’s an amazing role model for the kids that come to the Crossbar Academy,” he said. “He’s someone who has been through everything they’re going through at the moment and prospered. For them to see Dave is a realisation that their dreams can come true. He’s a great lad, very humble, very gracious.

“Dave had a chat with the kids, they asked him questions and he just relays what it’s going to take for them to get to where they want to get to.”