Grantham Town plans to set up a Youth Development Centre next season.
It is seen is the natural pathway for the club to nurture local footballing talent with the aim of building “a sustainaable future”. The aim is to provide players, and even managers, from in-house.
Gingerbreads’ under-16s manager Eddie Humphries said it was a very exciting time for the club. He said: “The Board have had the foresight to recognise that having a strong youth policy will provide a viable and sustainable long term future for the club. There is a lot of commitment and drive behind the scenes to make this a reality and provide young players a pathway to the first team which they currently don’t have.
“Although it is very early days, there is currently a very exciting crop of youngsters already at the club and we must all recognise and nurture their potential and build on the success they have already had.”
Eddie’s Grantham Town under-16s currently ply their trade in the Junior Premier League and have taken the scalps of Burton Albion and Grimsby Town’s Academy sides this season. And Nick Andersen’s young under-12 charges currently sit right at the top end of the Mid Lincs A Division and are in the quarter-finals of the County Cup, having already dumped out the favourites. The newly-formed under-18s play in the Premier Division of the Lincs Intermediate League.
There are plans to add under-10 and under-11 squads next season, and to recruit players and coaching staff for an under-15 set-up. The club will also look to run coaching sessions for seven- to 10-year-olds.
Eddie said Grantham Town has a lot of potential. He said: “The way football is being played is changing, none more so than at youth level and this will eventually filter through to senior football. We already place a huge importance on the technical aspects of the youngsters game and we want that to carry through all age groups.”
Grantham Town have recently been awarded an FA Charter Standard in recognition of their current youth set-up and the club will be able to offer a very high level of coaching from FA-licenced and qualified staff.
The Gingerbreads are therefore be looking to recruit new coaching staff for the under-15 and under-16 sides, as well as one for either the under-10s or under-11s.
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