Yesterday’s launch of the Emerging Talent Centre (ETC) was not only greeted with excitement by the Community Trust and academy, but also the Trust’s partner schools.
The ETC will see talented young footballers from the Chesterfield area be provided with a pathway to the club’s academy after attending coaching sessions ran by the Trust.
The first of two ETC trials will take place next Thursday, May 18, at the Proact from 5.30pm-7.30pm, and it’s not just the players who are keen to get started.
Scott Marsh, head of PE at Brimington Junior School said: “It’s absolutely fantastic for the children to have somewhere to progress to from a school position.
“We have a lot of talented youngsters in school but they don’t always have the opportunity to go along to local football teams and show off their skills.
“So stepping into something involved with Chesterfield Football Club will be absolutely fantastic.”
The upcoming trials and coaching sessions will also further enhance the links between the football club and local schools.
“It is a very exciting opportunity from a school’s point of view,” said Craig Ferreday, deputy head of Mary Swanick Community Primary School.
“At the minute we have the Community Trust in to do part of our planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) cover for teachers, so they teach the children for an hour a week across a range of sports and the coaches have organised football tournaments against other schools.
“We have brought them down to the stadium on match days and they love it! With so many of them being Chesterfield fans there is a potential for future Spireites in the years to come.”
While it’s still early days in the ETC, the long term plan is to see players progress into the academy and maybe even the first team.
And there will also be an opportunity for those that don’t make it professionally, to receive a BTEC qualification ran by the Trust.
Chief executive of the Trust, John Croot added: “The plan is to get youngsters that we feel have got talent to move forward and progress up to the elite level.
“It gives everyone an opportunity, especially our partner schools, our holiday camps and our Saturday morning clubs to have a pathway into professional football.
“The thing I particularly like is that we all know the percentage that make it into professional football is very small across the country, however if they don’t make it, they will be given a ‘Plan B’ which is an education project with the Community Trust and that to me is absolutely massive."