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Academy trials a huge success at Poolfoot Farm

27 May 2016

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Club are currently aiming for category three status

Fleetwood Town Football Club recently held academy trials at Poolfoot Farm with over 200 local children in attendance.

To coincide with the completion of the state of the art £8 million training facility, the Club have recently announced their intention to further develop their youth academy.

Under the governance of the professional game’s EPPP, the Club presently operate a Category 4 academy, providing for elite development for age groups U17 through to U21. 

The Club are currently under discussion with the Football League to move to a Category 3 status as early as next season, which would see elite level coaching operations from age eight upwards.

Club coach Joey Newson said: “The trials have been really good. We’re obviously waiting to hear whether or not we’re going to be granted category 3 academy status so we’ve put provisions in place to hold our open trials.

“We wanted to have a closer look at some of the groups of players in and around this area, and it’s been really successful with over 200 children in attendance.

“I always thought the trials would be popular with the opportunity to come in to our wonderful training facility and work with our professional academy coaches.

“The talent on show is something we’ve discussed at length as coaches because the quality that’s out there on the Fylde Coast at grassroots level is wonderful.”

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