Yvan Wassi, a talented pupil from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe has enjoyed some amazing football after being signed up for the junior teams of Manchester City Football Club.
Yvan Wassi was snapped up by the club after selection trials and has just returned from Singapore where he mixed with some of the world’s best junior footballers in an international tournament. The Under 15s team finished third in the Canon Lion City Cup, in Singapore, which also featured Ajax, Vasco Da Gama, Porto and Singapore U15s and U16s. During an impressive campaign, City’s U15s defeated Singapore and Vasco Da Gama in the group stage, before losing 4-2 to the eventual winners, Ajax, at the semi-final stage. The youngsters signed off their Singaporean adventure with a convincing 3-1 victory over Vasco Da Gama in the third place play off.
Manchester City’s head of academy, Mark Allen, was impressed with the boys’ efforts. He said: “It was the first time we’ve travelled that far and I was very pleased with the third place finish and the players’ conduct. On the field I think we did very well coping with the conditions; I’m very proud of how the boys acquitted themselves.”
Yvan’s contract offer some wonderful opportunities but also requires a great deal of commitment with several training sessions each week including endurance sessions, strength enhancement through gym training and a focus on improving technical skills.
“Whilst playing for MCFC, we have noticed the Yvan becoming more and more skilful and confident,” said Mr Mike Whiteside, PE teacher at Saint Paul’s. “He is continually improving his already strong performance whilst growing in mental and physical strength.”
“We have worked hard to create effective links between the school and the clubs,” continued Mr Whiteside. “We feel that this is encouraging our pupils to adopt healthier lifestyles, enjoy their sport in a supportive environment and hopefully going on to achieve sporting success.”
Speaking about their achievement, Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s, was quick to praise Yvan: “The school is very proud of Yvan. Football is extremely popular at Saint Paul’s, the pupils have a real passion for the game. Yvan in particularly has shown incredible skill and overwhelming energy when playing football.”