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King's Lynn Town on cusp of a bright new era




King’s Lynn Town Football Club is on the cusp of a bright new era after announcing further developments to their academy and youth set-up at The Walks.

The Linnets are committed to producing the next crop of home-grown talent and create a club that truly connects with schools, businesses and the West Norfolk community.

From September, there will be a clear pathway for all footballers in the area to progress up the ladder from under-7s right up to the first team.

King's Lynn Town football development officer Dale Stokes, left, and academy manager Joe Simpson, right. Picture: Tim Smith. (45055686)
King's Lynn Town football development officer Dale Stokes, left, and academy manager Joe Simpson, right. Picture: Tim Smith. (45055686)

The exciting new structure will be overseen by the club’s academy manager Joe Simpson and football development officer Dale Stokes.

Stokes will be responsible for the regional talent centre for under 7s to under-12s while Simpson will look after the older age groups right up to the club’s under-21 side who play in the First Division North of the Thurlow Nunn League.

Lynn have already established strong links with KES, following the launch of their full-time academy programme last summer, which allows youngsters to play U19s National League Youth Alliance as well as balancing their football with their academic studies.

Talking about the plans, Simpson said: “It is a massive project in regards to the level we’re at. If we want to stay here and grow the club as a whole, we need to have a set-up like this.

“It is the only way the club is going to survive and grow and it’s a case of playing catch-up with what the first team have achieved in the past couple of years.

“We’re the second biggest club in Norfolk and it needs to happen. Take away the likes of Norwich and clubs like Peterborough and Cambridge, then there’s nowhere for youngsters to go.

“We want to make sure that we’ve got the foundations in place so the whole community can become involved with it. There’s too much around here in terms of talent not to do it.

“It’s about creating an environment that youngsters enjoy. Beyond that, we want it to be a place where they can grow, develop and progress and then it’ll be a recipe for success.

“Who knows in three, four or five years time where this could lead to, not just in terms of the club but in the wider community as well?



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