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Appeal for Academy Sponsorship

15 July 2014

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An appeal has been made for sponsorship to help fund the club's academy.

The academy was recently awarded category 3 status and chief executive Chris Turner is now keen to attract investment to bring about further progress.

Turner said: "Although the club puts £160,000-a-year into youth development and receives, on top of that, a grant for £270,000-a-year, in order for us to push on, we need help from local businesses in the form of sponsorship.

"Any money brought into the academy will be spent on the academy. We'd like to bring back reserve-team football in the next 12 months, which would provide a pathway for the youngsters who come through the system."

Academy manager Gerry Carr highlighted one of the costs of running the academy. He said: "We have nine scholars in accommodation this year and that costs the club around £35,000. 

"We need any help we can get to give us the best chance of producing players. There are some bright lights coming through and we need more bright lights in all age groups."

Turner is keen to see more local youngsters come through the system and play for Chesterfield. He said: "Our record hasn't been good in recent years with too many local players going to other clubs. We now have over 30 scouts operating in the area and we have great links with grassroots clubs. 

"If we receive some support, we are confident that we'll produce results. Tendayi Darikwa, for example, is proving to be a good product of the youth system. He's a regular in the side and has just signed a new contract."

Anyone interested in discussing sponsorship of the academy should email chrisbreeze@chesterfield-fc.co.uk.

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