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INTERVIEW | Nick Chadwick ahead of FA Youth Cup

Lead PDP Coach speaks ahead of trip to Morecambe in the FA Youth Cup tonight

1 November 2023

Wrexham AFC will take part in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup this evening, as Nick Chadwick’s side travel to the Mazuma Mobile Stadium for a 7pm kick off against the Shrimps under the lights.

Tickets are available to be purchased at the ground, with supporters able to purchase tickets on the day from main reception, priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Wrexham's PDP Lead Coach Nick Chadwick said: “It’s great for the group to be involved in the competition, and to be able to play at an EFL Ground.

“I’m sure that our players are going to enjoy that experience and it’s yet another great opportunity for them as they progress.

“It’s an amazing competition for the boys at this age and anyone who has been a professional, myself included, will explain that you always remember your FA Youth Cup games.

“It’s a unique experience for the players at the ages they are at to be able to compete in this competition, whatever age you are you remember always it. Hopefully the lads will be able to make some good memories for themselves.”

It is the first time that we’ve entered the competition at the first round for 15 years, which provides a different set of challenges for the players.

“There’s a lot of new things for the lads to deal with,” Chadwick explained. “There will be a lot of new experiences for the players – it will be interesting to see how they deal with those experiences.

“Morecambe are a well-established academy at Category 3 academy, who will be much more used to the environment than most of our lads.

“They are right up there in the league this season and have a strong age group this year. We’re now at the level where we go straight in against these well-established academy teams. It’s important that we remember how very new this project is.

“Despite that, we go into the game full of enthusiasm and the players are absolutely delighted to be involved in such a prestigious competition.”

Chadwick also praised the determination and spirit of his young side, having dealt with several challenges so far this season.

He said: “The lads can take heart from not only the results this season, but that their performances have been above and beyond expectations.

“They’ve had to adapt and have been challenged in all sorts of different ways over the last three months and the way that they’ve taken messages on board and the environment with all the challenges we’ve placed upon the players, has been great.

“The way they’ve reacted to that has been great - It will be interesting to see how they overcome a new challenge tonight. We just want them to grasp the experience and enjoy it.”

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