Youth football expert sets bold target for Kinetic Academy teams in FA Youth Cup

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

The pinnacle of youth football in the UK has always been the FA Youth Cup and this season’s competition is already in full swing.

Corinthian Casuals were one of the surprise packages of last season’s competition, reaching the second round thanks to a collaboration with the Kinetic Academy.

The two forces are once again combining this year and Kinetic’s founder, Harry Hudson, wants to see similar success for all three of his teams in this year’s competition.

“All three teams won their first game but we then had a really hard draw for the Croydon group in their second game away at Dartford and they narrowly lost 2-1 in that,” Hudson exclusively told The Football Wonderkids.

“The Edgeware group won their first two games and again on Monday night (12 September) against Hayes and Yeading and our Corinthian Casuals group had a bye in their first game because they were so successful last year.

“So two of the three teams are looking strong I think our Casuals team are only one game away from the round where League One and League Two teams start entering the competition which is the first round proper.

“Our target is to reach the first round proper with each of our teams every year so hopefully we can get two of the three there and they avoid playing each other because we want to go as far as we can in the competition.

“We’re a bit unique in that most organisations have just one team but we can partner with three and give almost 90 players the chance to play in the FA Youth Cup but we can’t pin all our hopes on that because we aren’t going to win it.”

Corinthian Casuals will take on Bexhill United away from home in the second qualifying round while Edgeware and Kingsbury host Hampton and Richmond.

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