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Town looking to youth
1:53pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
WITH Malvern Town Football Club having been saved from extinction, thoughts are turning to the future.
The new owners, Chris Pinder, aged 28, and Ted Grizzell, 23, are not fazed at having to ‘reboot’ the club.
As part of a community engagement plan for the 60-year-old club, there will be a ‘development centre’ approach to youth football. Grizzell, vice-chairman of the FA National Game Youth Council and also a West Bromwich Albion academy coach, will implement the programme and explained what would be involved.
He said: “The model is designed to add to the current football provision in the area and not to compete with grassroots clubs. We want to support the development of young players and see them progress through high-quality, player-centred coaching and opportunities to play in a positive environment.
“It forms the mechanism to instill our club DNA and playing philosophy from an early age – this will give a consistent picture of the values we want our teams to demonstrate from junior to first team level.” The scheme aims to offer opportunities for players across a range of age groups and will provide a long-term player pathway including chances to play against other elite groups while still being part of their grassroots clubs.
Grizzell said: “We will be offering the chance to players showing the potential technical ability as well as the right attitude and desire to improve. There will be the opportunity for extra training by highly-qualified coaches as well as that offered by their grassroots club in groups that include players from all local teams.
“It’s an exciting programme that will enhance the landscape of football in the area and strengthen the relationship with local junior clubs.”
Alongside working with players at the top end of grassroots football, the Malvern Town Development Centre will also be open for coaches to use as a resource for their own development, with observation and interactive elements built in.
Although no definite timescales have been set out. community engagement is seen as high on the new owners’ priority list.
Malvern entertain Shawbury tomorrow in the West Midlands League Premier Division (3pm).
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