For the first time this season, our Academy's Player Council met at Poolfoot Farm to welcome new elected representatives and to make discussions ahead of the new campaign.
Last Wednesday, the Academy's Player Council had their first meeting of the season inside the Boardroom at Poolfoot Farm. This meeting provided our newly elected under-9 representatives to be involved for the first time with their peers, who were elected last year.
What is the Player Council?
The Player Council was formed last season as a way to provide the players within our Academy with a voice to help the club to maintain a forward thinking approach, to help us continuously improve in all areas.
The Academy value the opinions and involvement of their players and feel the Player Council provides them with the necessary platform. We [The Academy] feel the Player Council provides the players with different opportunities to develop as people as they can be exposed to situations and surroundings where they have to communicate with their peers from all of the various age groups.
From these experiences, we want the representatives to grow in confidence, to gain new skills and develop how they communicate with others. The Academy feel that providing players with such opportunities will enhance their chances of succeeding in the modern game as well as other career pathways and opportunities.
The topics on the agenda for the players to discuss were-
- What have you enjoyed since returning for the upcoming season?
- What have you found challenging / different since returning for the 2023/24 season
- Fleetwood Town's values
- Fundraising opportunities
- Needs of our players – What do our players want to help them develop as players and people?
Mason Seddon - the Academy's Education & Player Care officer said: “It was really good to get our Player Council together for the first time this season. The players came to the meetings with lots of energy and you really get the feeling that they are proud to represent their age groups.
"I feel a real strength of the meetings is being able to have players from the older age groups in the same room as our foundation and transition phase players.
"You could really see that the younger players looked up to the older players in the room and their involvement allowed others in the room to feel comfortable with clear examples present of how a Fleetwood Town Player should behave and present themselves”.