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New Academy Players Sign-on

29 July 2014

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Chesterfield's academy has signed 18 new players, mainly under-9s and under-15s, ahead of the new youth team seasons.

Head of Youth Recruitment, Liam Sutcliffe, was present at the Proact Stadium along with the young players and their families to sign the academy forms.

Sutcliffe said: "Today we've been signing a number of players who have progressed through our pathway. We're expecting a few more to make the step up from our development program to our academy. We're always looking and we're all about bringing the best possible players to the club and we've done well."

Sutcliffe also spoke about the process the youth recruitment team go through to identify suitable young players for the club.

He said: "It's a big process, we have over 30 scouts now that cover various different age groups and locations. We have our development program which partners with schools and local grass roots clubs. We tend tend to concentrate on the Chesterfield area and then branch out from there."

Youth Development Phase Lead coach Matthew Whitehouse spoke about the type of young players that the club is looking for, explaining that it wasn't just physical attributes that are important.

He said: "We're very big on technical players. We want players who can handle the ball well, who have good skills and are confident with the ball and are capable of playing in today's game. But the key thing is that they're mentally good, they've got they've got the ability to cope with setbacks and have good strong minds."

Robert Eades, father of new academy player Benjamin, was looking forward to seeing his son improve as a player in the academy.

He said: "Under the guidance of the right team, which the Chesterfield lads have shown is the case, I think they'll get the best from him."

Looking to the future, Sutcliffe explained that the incoming players had the potential to go further in the game.

He said: "The hope is that they go onto professional terms, whether they do or not is largely down to them. We have a really good set-up now from the bottom to the top, it's a direct pathway all the way through and if the players work hard, have the ability, develop and educate themselves on and off the pitch there's nothing that should really stand in their way."

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