City’s Youth Becomes Academy
Posted on 27th September 2020 at 13:30
Gloucester City AFC is pleased and proud to announce another exciting development in the club’s history, just weeks after returning back to Meadow Park with its new state of the art 3G pitch and facilities.
Co-Chairman Alex Petheram has announced this morning that the current youth set up, ‘Gloucester City Youth Development’, will be changing to Academy status with immediate effect. For nearly twenty years the club has had a Youth setup with teams competing at age levels from Under 10 to Under 18 in the Junior Premier League and Midland Floodlit Youth League. With the return home to new facilities at Meadow Park the timing feels perfect to make this change, bringing what was formerly the Youth Development under the banner of the main club in order to move forward as one with a more professional and full time model.
Gloucester City AFC has already taken steps along this route by offering a BTEC course for 16-18-year olds which commenced this week.
The further move to include all of our other age groups is designed to encourage and attract both players and coaches to Gloucester City AFC, which will enable us to develop youngsters locally to hopefully become part of the first team squad under the newly designed pathway.
Alex commented: “I am delighted to announce this positive development in the club’s setup and history. It’s one that I’m hoping will assist us as a club to achieve our long-term goal of obtaining Football League status. Changing the youth structure will not only benefit our youngsters but will help our coaches and the wider community. We don’t only have long-term first team goals for the club, we also want a youth setup that over the next couple of years will challenge the larger, ‘bigger name’ academies, as if we can get the youth and the academy right, the rest will follow in time.”
The whole club is very grateful to Ken Fagan and all the ‘Youth Chairman’ over the years. The new Gloucester City Academy will be headed up in the short to medium term by Craig Robinson and Fabien Robert, reporting directly into Alex Petheram who himself holds several football coaching qualifications.
The club will now actively look to recruit an ‘Academy Manager’, with a UEFA B licence or higher, as a minimum requirement. Those interested in applying should send CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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