Chesterfield have forged a link-up with Gibraltar league club Europa Point, who run an Under-21 side which will act as a feeder team for the Spireites.Europa Point follow a similar model to the old Glenn Hoddle Soccer School, recruiting youngsters who have been in academies in this country and coaching them with the aid of League Football Education funding.
Gontier, who is Europa Point's chairman, said: "The club’s aim to be a stepping stone for young players to progress and get back in the game can now be realised as a result of this partnership and I’m sure that the players will be even more determined to do well here as a result.
"I would like to take the time to thank Paul Mitchell and everyone at Chesterfield FC for this amazing opportunity and we at Europa Point FC are looking forward to working together in the future game. Chesterfield and England will benefit from young English players who can come here to have senior match experience instilling 'international' experience in young players that I firmly think English football can benefit from.
"Chesterfield will also have the first refusal on great young talent, many of whom would prefer to stay at home knowing that if they do well they will at least have a trial at Chesterfield rather than going to Malaga, Real Betis, Sevilla, Cadiz or even Real Madrid or Barcelona."