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Report from the Academy

11 September 2014

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It's been a bright opening few weeks to the academy's season, with new players revelling as they move up through the age groups.

Last season the academy was delighted to offer seven scholarships to players in the under 16s programme, and they have settled in well so far this season. 

While this group last season were pushing to new levels and enhancing all facets of their games, the group below them were also rapidly improving and catching up. 

In fact, the feeling in the academy was that this group of players, led then by coaches Dale Spragg and Steve Ludlam, were one of the most talented groups to come through the academy in a long while. 

Two of that side were progressing so well last year that they were moved into the above group in order to be challenged further. 

Both Harry Taylor and Dan Ozcan made such positive impacts last season that academy manager Gerry Carr felt he had no other option but to secure the two for the Youth Team. Both were offered and accepted their scholarship contracts. 

Youth development phase lead coach Matt Whitehouse was glowing in his admiration for both players.

He said: “When Harry and Dan moved up from the under 15s team to my under 16s side last season I was intrigued to see what they could offer as I had heard so many positives from Dale and Steve. 

"I was delighted with what both did in terms of their football ability and importantly their attitude and work rate. Both players give their all on the pitch and are great examples to their peers and younger players coming through the academy in terms of the type of character and attitude we seek in our players.

"Both train as hard as they play and it was no surprise when Gerry made the decision to secure both to our youth team. We have high hopes for both players and believe they have fantastic potential if they continue to do what they are doing.” 

The academy’s aim is to produce players capable of becoming professionals and representing the club at first team level. In the under 16 side players like Curtis Morrison and Jake Beesley, two players who came through the academy, are seen as having a realistic chance to play in the first team. 

When they look at the faith that Gerry Carr and the first team manager has put in youth players they see what a great opportunity they have to make their dreams come true. 

Harry Taylor and Dan Ozcan are two players who prove that if you have the right attitude and application you can move a step closer to achieving your ambitions. 

The academy is proud of these two and hope to see several more of the under 16s pushing for scholarships in the coming months. 

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