Mousehole AFC and the Endorsed Academy have announced an exciting new pre-season annual tournament, which will be launched on 20th/21st July featuring Premiership clubs Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town as well as Championship club Bolton Wanderers, together with Mousehole’s First team and their 18-23 year old Elite group.
Endorsed Academy Director Jason Blunt, now based in Yorkshire, aims to ensure that the new annual Cup competition will provide Mousehole’s players with real competition in preparation for the 18/19 season: “We are delighted to be able to welcome these fantastic clubs to West Cornwall, and we owe them huge thanks for helping to launch our new annual cup competition. We will be inviting football fans from across the county and beyond to get involved and support our drive to raise standards and awareness of Cornish football.”
Ezra Chapman, Chairman of the Endorsed Group, praised Jason Blunt for his hard work in organising the new tournament. “Jason has been working as an ambassador for the club and Academy to help realise our goals. The Endorsed Cup is credit to Jason’s tireless effort and achievement: it brings huge profile to what we are set to achieve, and will help show the young players of Cornwall the standards they can aspire to. Jason will continue to focus on the Endorsed Cup and Pro Club relations while also coaching at another Academy in Yorkshire to get his feet regularly back on the football field, and we anticipate that our continuing relationship will prove even more fruitful over the coming seasons.”
Newlyn-born Blunt left his role as Under-23’s manager with Championship club Leeds United to join Mousehole last June with a specific brief to establish the club’s own Academy, and drive forward the first stage in The Seagulls’ ambitious long-term plan to develop in a progressive and sustainable way. In the first eight months since then Mousehole have set up eight youth teams, aiming to grow to 20-plus teams for the 2018/19 season, and have stimulated great interest and demand in the area. Blunt has utilised his wide-ranging contacts in the game to offer playing opportunities at Mousehole to young footballers released from pro clubs and to organise highly successful weekend visits to West Cornwall by Leeds United’s youngsters and more recently Leeds United Ladies, as well as footballing weekends for Mousehole’s youth teams away at Barnsley and Manchester City Academies.
Chapman concluded: “We are continuing to work on a number of initiatives across the club and Academy, and I’m sure we’ll be making more announcements in the coming weeks – watch this space!”