We have made massive strides in the last three months. We’ve recruited some very good coaches in order to provide the best quality coaching that we can. That gives the young players a good development platform.
Our players came up against Stoke City’s academy recently and we’ve now rolled out a full development match programme. Matches will take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings, providing a platform for the players to produce an end product to their coaching and development.
In coming weeks, the players will also have the opportunity to play against clubs such as Manchester City and York City. We’ll also hopefully be playing Stoke City again.
We’re taking our players away to Holland to take part in a prestigious tournament, which is by invitation only. Some of Europe’s top clubs will also be represented there.
That will provide the players with great experience to help their development. Apart from anything else, they’ll be able to see how other clubs function.
We currently have around 350 players on our books and they’re all developing very well. They’re all very happy to be part of the programme.
Recently our academy has signed Daniel Ozkan from the development schools, which shows that the programme is proving to be effective.
We’ve also made great strides with our grassroots initiative, working with clubs in Chesterfield, in order to develop a two-way partnership. We hope that gains pace and becomes more fruitful astime goes on.
We have a development school on Wednesdays at Springwell Community College and we also have games there on Friday evenings.
From March 1, we’ll be increasing our contact time with the players, which we feel is very important to their development. In order to develop players for an academy lifestyle, we have to operate in a certain way and give the players the skills they require to progress.
We’ll increase our contact time with the players to around five hours per week. They’ll have an hour and a half with us in terms of actual coaching and have the opportunity to spend time with us on Saturdays and take part in small-sided matches.
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