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Academy Grassroots Association focus - Stourbridge FC

Posted: Wed 21 May 2014

Following the recent launch of the Academy Grassroots Association, we focus on the first of the club’s to be involved in the new initiative.

Stourbridge FC believes their youngsters hold the key to the club's future and the Glassboys are set to expand the grass roots side of the club. They already run junior sides ranging from U11 up to U18, together with a highly successful youth side. That existing set-up is about to be increased further as the Glassboys look to add lower age groups to their ranks going right down to U7s.

The Glassboys have already recruited UEFA qualified A and B coaches - many of whom are ex-professional players.

Club director and youth development officer Andy Bullingham said: "We really mean business! We want to be able to take youngsters from our lowest levels right through to the first team. Each team, at every level will have qualified coaches available to them - all of which will be preaching the same philosophy.
"Every player will have his own development plan. We want to educate all our youngsters both technically and tactically. We will be following the FA Four Corner Model which combines technical, physical, psychological and social attributes".

The Glassboys believe a strong junior set-up will form the bedrock of the club for years to come. They insist a strong junior set up is vital as they look to take the Glassboys into Conference level football.

As a result, The Glassboys have appointed John Kearney as head of the development centre leading to grassroots academy links with Birmingham City.

Bullingham added: "We are deadly serious about developing this side of the club and everyone involved with Stourbridge FC has bought into this.

"This is an important development for the club. We want to attract the most talented youngsters from the local area and beyond to come to Stourbridge. We feel this is the right way to take the club forward and we want to develop a junior set-up which is second to none"

"We want to see our youngsters have opportunities at professional clubs and/or go all the way through to our first team and beyond. We feel the best way to do that is to develop our own players and give them the best possible football education.

"So now we're calling on parents of talented children to get involved."

For further information about trials or becoming involved with Stourbridge FC, please visit their official website here.