Brackley Town have confirmed the launch of the Brackley Town FC Development Squad, which puts in place the final step at the club in the transition from youth to senior football.
The purpose of the squad, which will play in Division One East of the Hellenic League next season, is to give players between the age of 18 to 21 the chance to continue their progress within the club, continuing to follow the development and playing philosophy of the Player Development Academy, while they complete their growth into adulthood.
It has also been set up in an attempt to tackle the problems currently facing grassroots football in England.
A club statement said: “Making the transition from youth to senior football is one of the most challenging aspects of a young player’s life particularly as, following the traditional route, they go from playing the game they love week after week to sitting on the sub’s bench or in the stands as they are deemed to not be ready yet.
“How to progress young players is one of the most discussed topics in football and fortunes are being spent on research projects to reverse the drop in player participation from 16 to 21.
“The Development Squad is our attempt to solve the problem as it will give the players the opportunity to learn how to apply their knowledge and skills in senior football with real, competitive match day practise gained through participation in the Hellenic League.
“With the objective being that this squad provides the final link between our young player development programme and senior football many of the players involved will have progressed from our Player Development Academy, however, there will still be opportunities for other young players wishing to continue their development to get involved.”
Anyone interested in joining should contact Nick on 07875 876074 for more details. You can also visit the website at http://btfc-pda.itsnotaboutwinning.co.uk.