All 4 of the RIASA teams competing in the Lancashire League are doing well, and although RIASA Leeds made a slow start they are now beginning to hit some great form.
Several of the derby games have been fantastic, and though there have been quite a few games against each other, these matches are great for the players’ development. Indeed some of the goals I have seen in these games have been amazing!
The U19s are also showing some great form, in what is a competitive league, with most I am sure aiming to move into the Lancashire League teams to join the ones already there.
The trip to China in November to take part in RIASA’s first international tournament was a resounding success and a great experience for everybody who took part. It created lifelong memories and is something RIASA hope to be able to repeat in the coming years.
On a personal note, I would like to say goodbye and thank you to Dawn Craven who has recently left RIASA after 8.5 years to spend more time with family and friends.
I would also like to welcome Valerie Wiktorska, who comes to RIASA with a great resume, having just moved back into the Leeds area from London. She will be taking an operational role and will be a great addition to the existing team.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all RIASA students, and parents a great Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance and I look forward to welcoming you all back in 2020.
– Mark Ellis, Co-Founder & Director -RIASA