IHM Football Academy believes it’s important for players to see live games in the UK to understand the standard of play. This weekend, Ellesmere players had an exciting opportunity to do just that and watch their coach in action.

Brandon Hall, the lead coach at Ellesmere, not only coaches our young players every day but also plays for AFC Telford United in the evenings and weekends. AFC Telford United is a well-established non-league team in the UK with a rich history.

Founded in 1892, AFC Telford United has competed in the FA Cup and won the FA Trophy three times. Currently, they’re positioned 3rd in the league and aim to reach step 6 of the football pyramid this season.

On March 16th, AFC Telford hosted Stamford FC, and Ellesmere players were invited by Brandon to watch the game. The home team won 2-1, strengthening their promotion push.

For Ellesmere players, this was not just a fun day out but also a chance to understand the level of play in non-league football. Watching these games gives them insight into their own abilities and the standards they need to reach.

Brandon, also AFC Telford’s goalkeeper, expressed his delight at having the players cheering the team on. He hopes this experience inspires them to work hard to reach higher levels in the game.

Overall, the day was a success, topped off by AFC Telford’s victory. The academy and school staff wish Brandon the best for the rest of the season.