Grantham Town will have a new youth structure for the 2014-15 after changes to the set-up were announced by the club this week.
In moves to bring the youth and first team structures closer together, club chairman Pete Railton will oversee both sides of club activity.
As part of on-going development of youth football at the town’s senior club, Mr Railton is taking the role of chairman of a new youth management team, with junior coach Russell Cousins as his vice-chairman.
Lynne Anderson will act as secretary/treasurer, Paul Teare as welfare officer and former Gingerbread Nick Anderson as development officer make up the new committee. Grantham Town directors Matt Smith and Alan Stokes are the Grantham Town board representatives on the management team.
The Gingerbreads’ chief executive officer Barrie Pierpoint said it signalled exciting times ahead for the future of the club: “The youth organisation has been taken fully under the wing of the club. It is a move that is part of our wider vision and strategy to develop youth football at the club. There are a lot of plans to work together within the club.”
An open evening will be held to officially launch the new structure at which all existing players and their parents as well as any new players will be welcome. The club are also looking for a new independent chairman to take the reins from Mr Railton in the future as the structure develops. Anyone who is interested in the position should contact Barrie Pierpoint for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him on 07720 406806.
l Next season, the Gingerbreads will be running sides at four levels from under-11 upwards, In addition to the popular Saturday soccer school and a soccer academy for under-9s, there will be sides at under-12, under-14, under-15 and under-17.
The restructure coincides with last season’s under-18s leaving the club. Last season, six of the team’s out-of-town-based players featured in first team matches and senior first team joint manager Wayne Hallcro said he would not rule out some of them returning at some point in the future.
Hallcro said: “You could see that those lads have talent and confidence. That was evident for everybody to see. They are all welcome to join us for pre-season training and we hope to see some of them back at the club at some point in the future.”
The club’s board of directors also expressed their thanks to the lads and Ash Nason and Eddie and Jack Humphreys for all their effort and involvement in the under-18 set-up.