Chesterfield's Academy Director, Gerry Carr, responds to the news of an extra £50,000 annual investment into the Spireites academy system.In an interview with Spireites Player, Chris Tuner stated that the club would be receiving the added investment from the Premier League. “It’s a massive help to running the academy," added the Chief Executive.
In response to the news, Carr said: “It’s a great boost for us because ultimately, what we’d like to do is have the academy self-sufficient so that it’s not actually costing the club any money.
“We’ve still got to get our heads down, do a lot of fundraising and get sponsorship in. There are great fundraising efforts going on here from people on the inside and outside of the club.”
The Academy Director has been at Chesterfield for just over a month and along with Mark Smith and Ashley Foyle, the department is already making progress. “They’re enthusiastic, passionate and have great experience behind them." said the Chief Executive, referring to the academy staff.
Turner added: “I think we’ve got the best youth development department in the Football League, we’ve got great opportunities in front of us to expand and improve.”
Responding to the Chief Executive's praise, Carr said: “To hear comments like that is great, you really appreciate them when you’re new in jobs and you’re getting to know the area.
“You can see the passion that’s here, for the academy and for the first team so going forward, hopefully we’ll all be successful together.”