The young Spireites travel to face Burton Albion in the EFL Youth Alliance this afternoon at St George’s Park, kick-off 1pm.
The Chesterfield academy received a glowing Ofsted report just over a week ago, with the report stating the fact that the academy offers an excellent learning environment.
Academy coach Darren Molloy explained that knowing the admin side of things is up to scratch, it now lets the coaches focus on the football.
“It’s good for everybody involved. Everyone is working hard on and off the pitch,” he said.
“It’s nice to know that all the admin side is up to date and everyone is impressed with it.
“It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders and lets us focus on the football.”
A good week for the academy continued as the U18s were comprehensive 4-1 winners over Huddersfield Town in their last fixture.
Goals from Luke Rawson (2), Matthew Fuertado, and a stunning strike from Brandon Howard rounded off a much important victory for the young Spireites.
When mentioning the win, Molloy put forward that it was a confident performance and a good result, by saying: “The boys hadn’t won in a while. We are introducing a new playing style, and it was good to get that win.
“We played good football. There was no nervousness or doubt about us.
“It was good to get the win, score some goals, and play some good football.”
The Chesterfield U18s were 1-0 winners when they faced Burton earlier in the season, and Molloy outlined how he’d like the team to play in order to complete a league double over their opponents.
“Burton tend to be a technical team and they do like to play,” the youth coach explained.
“For us, it’ll be about trying to get them to play in the areas we want them to have it in, and when we have possession to retain it for long periods to give ourselves a bit of respite.
“It’s obviously difficult when you’re fatigued and out of possession so when we get it we want to take care of it.
“We need to make the most of our chances when they come.”
John Sheridan has already signed up academy striker Luke Rawson to a professional contract, and Molloy finished off by stating that the first team manager continues to have a strong involvement in the club’s academy.
“He’s shown a lot of interest and asked a lot of questions,” said the academy coach.
“He’s come to the games, so he’s definitely interested in having young players come through and give them an opportunity providing they are of the quality needed.
“That’s all you can ask for, that the lads are exposed to the first team manager.”
The Burton Albion fixture takes place at the following venue: