Grantham Town invite youth players to open day

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Grantham Town FC is holding an open day next Saturday (June 15) for its new youth football set-up.

It will be an opportunity for players and parents to see what the club has to offer, and to hear their ambitious plans for the future of the Gingerbreads. Attendees will also be able to meet coaching staff and ask questions

Head of Youth Development and under-18s manager at the club, Eddie Humphreys, will kick the day off with a presentation at 11am in the newly refurbished MCS Centre at the club’s Trent Road ground. Following that will be a tour of the stadium and its facilities.

Potential players and parents will then be invited to an informal discussion with coaches appropriate to their playing age group. Current youth team players will also be on hand to share their experiences at The Meres. Light refreshments will be served.

Eddie said the club’s desire was to develop home-bred talent that will go forward to the Gingerbreads first team – and perhaps beyond.

He said: “The infrastructure is now in place to move the Youth Development of the club forward and build on the success that the current under-12s, under-16s and under-18s have had.

“We have highly qualified and enthusiastic coaches, some from professional academies and qualified to UEFA levels; now we need the players.

“We are looking for players with potential to progress, who are willing to listen, learn and who are committed. The emphasis will be more on development than results and we need people to buy into that.

“Our aim is to produce a clear pathway of progression for the players. Grantham Town FC has a long and proud history and is highly regarded as a club in non-league circles.

“If you think you fit the bill to represent the club, then come and attend the open day.”

For the 2013/14 season, the club are looking to recruit players for the existing under-18s, new under-16s and a combined new under-15/14 Development Squad. Players are also being sought for next year’s under-13s.

Attendance at the event is by pre-registration to youth secretary Jackie Humphreys at jackie.humphreys@ or call 07912 384178.