Lydon Ward-Best, the triumphant Head Coach of Team South has hailed the significance of the annual clash between the cream-of-the-crop of university football talent in the All Stars game.
Ward-Best, who orchestrated a 18-0 shut out over Team North, said: “Having done it as a player and now a coach it has a special place in my heart. For me it is a great talent identification tool, not only for players but for coaches as well. It just gives that platform for people to show what they can do both on the field and on the sidelines.
“Over the last 3 games it has already highlighted players that have gone on to GB U19, GB Mens, GFL, ELF, CFL Combine and the International Player Pathway Programme. In some cases that might not have happened without the exposure this game provided. It was a great night under the lights and I know the players all enjoyed it.”
David Hagger, Managing Director of Football America UK said: “Personally I think this is a wonderful event and opportunity for our university players. They gain knowledge and confidence meeting new coaches and players enabling them to expand their experience with a view to stepping up to the next level.”
Match action photos: Charlotte Murden