ACADEMY: YOUNGSTERS GET ELLAND ROAD EXPERIENCE

ACADEMY: YOUNGSTERS GET ELLAND ROAD EXPERIENCE

Academy sides play their final matches at Elland Road.

Over the past week Leeds United’s Academy sides have experienced playing on the hallowed Elland Road turf, many for the first time.

The Whites Under-9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s and 14s all played games against Sunderland to finish their campaigns, whilst United’s Under-15/16s rounded off their season against Middlesbrough on the big stage.

They all enjoyed full use of the facilities Elland Road has to offer, which the first team use on a regular matchday.

First team midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, along with Under-23s trio Romario Vieira, Tyler Denton and Bailey Peacock-Farrell all took time out of their schedules to be in attendance for the matches and they presented the Player of the Year Award to each age group.

Speaking about the games, Academy manager Adam Underwood said: "Giving our Academy players the opportunity to play at Elland Road is a key part of our games programme and I'd like to thank Sunderland and Middlesbrough for accepting our invitation to play in this end of season showcase.

“Getting a feel for playing in the stadium is essential for the development of our Under-18s and Under 23s, as they need to be prepared should they go on and break into the first team, but to give our younger players the chance to get changed in the dressing rooms, walk out of the tunnel and play in front of a crowd on the Elland Road pitch is invaluable.

“It gives them a small taste of what it's like to be a first team player and is a proud moment for their families, experiences like this are key to inspiring the next generation of Academy graduates.”

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