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Former LFC coach launches Formby Cup

Former Liverpool FC Youth and Reserve Team Coach, Hugh McAuley’s football academy held its first cup competition at Formby Play 3G last week.

Girls and boys from three local schools, Our Lady of Compassion, St Luke's Church of England Primary School and Trinity Saint Peter’s C of E Primary School competed for the HMFA cup.

Hugh, who hopes to make the cup an annual event in Formby, said: “We work with each of these schools throughout the academic year as well as running holiday camps, we wanted to build on the passion and enthusiasm for the game.

“This is a great opportunity to bring pupils from these schools together, enjoying football and developing their skills. The feedback from teachers, parents and the children has been great, so we’re looking at building on last week’s success and make it an annual event.”

The first of Hugh’s summer camps will take place between July 25th and 28th at Redgate Primary School, Formby.

For more information on this opportunity, and details on how to book camp places please visit the website:

or call Hugh or Andrew on 07707 670189.

About Hugh McAuley

Hugh McAuley is an experienced football coach with a professional playing background. His playing career started with first team appearances at Liverpool FC amongst others throughout the Football League.

In 1982 Hugh joined the Merseyside Youth Association as Merseyside Football Development and Activities Officer. Here he organised and delivered coaching sessions and badge training to youth leaders as well as organising soccer courses for 7-16 year old.

Hugh was approached by Kenny Dalglish asking him to return to the club to set up the club's Centre of Excellence Programme for 9 to 14 year old players. Hugh made a huge impact on the club and in 1996 made history by winning the Football Association (FA) Youth Cup for the first time, the winning team included Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher – both trained by Hugh.

The later years of Hugh’s time at the club he spent managing and developing the reserve team. Hugh has developed world class players including Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard – turning them into the world class players they are today.

About the Academy

The Hugh McAuley Football Academy will offer a range of activities including:

  • Soccer Camps

  • Holiday Courses

  • PPA/After School Sessions

  • Football Consultancy

  • 1 on 1 Technical Training

  • Team Training

  • Pre-Season Training Schedules

  • Football Lectures

Typical Soccer Camps will include:

  • Expert and fun technical training

  • Competitions and mini-games

  • Speed, agility and quickness training

  • Specialist Goalkeeper training

  • Potential for Premiership Club trials.

All coaches at the Academy are FA certified, and are all First Aid trained and CRB checked.

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