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King's Lynn Town build for the future generations of footballers

The hard work hasn’t stopped in lockdown for King’s Lynn Town academy director Joe Simpson and football development officer Dale Stokes as they plan ahead for the future generations of footballers.

If anything, they have been busier than ever as they put the foundations in place for creating a club that truly connects with schools, businesses and the West Norfolk community.

Having a natural progression for aspiring young footballers to work their way up will only benefit the club for years to come as Stokes explained.

A selection of players from the King's Lynn Town Football Club academy set-up. (45055756)
A selection of players from the King's Lynn Town Football Club academy set-up. (45055756)

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a seven year-old who is aspiring to become the next Michael Gash or a 15 or 16-year-old who has left a pro club and wants to be part of an academy, it’s about having something in place for them.

“I don’t think anyone would stand in the way of local players if they got the opportunity to go to a professional club, but there’s no reason why they can’t come and be part of the journey here.

“The younger age groups will be run as a regional talent centre so they can still be involved with grassroots set-ups while the older age groups will have more of an academy-type feel to it.

“We will encourage them to make Lynn their main focus and they will have the opportunity to play in the Junior Premier League and we are also trying to arrange some high-profile friendlies against other clubs.

Action from an under-16s fixture. (45055699)
Action from an under-16s fixture. (45055699)

“Last season we trialled it with the under-16s and under-12s and the coaches did brilliantly.

“A lot of those under-16s are now moving into our academy set-up which is going from strength to strength.

“We’re not doing this for any other reason than we are a National League football club who wants to have a clear pathway for children in the community.

“This isn’t just to provide an opportunity for children but coaches in the area as well.”

Under-16s manager Andy Rowe gives directions to a youngster. (45055715)
Under-16s manager Andy Rowe gives directions to a youngster. (45055715)

Trial dates for the various age groups are as follows, Wednesday March 31: Academy scholars U19s, 5pm; Monday, April 12: under 7s to under 9s, 5pm to 6.30pm and under 10s to under 12s 6.30pm to 8pm; Wednesday, April 14: under7s to under 12s girls, 5pm to 6.30pm; under 15s and 16s boys 6.30pm to 8pm; Friday, April 16: under 13 and 14s 5pm to 6.30pm.

To register your child, visit: www.kltown.co.uk.

For more information please contact the club’s academy manager at: joe.simpson@kltown.co.uk or the football development officer at: dale@kltown.co.uk

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