Holbeach United hope to add a Sunday side to their midweek youth team
Holbeach United have added another string to their bow with the addition of an extra Under 18 side for the coming campaign.
The Carters Park club are planning to run another side in the Sunday youth league in addition to the team which will play in the midweek Thurlow Nunn Floodlit League.
It is another step forward in the club’s player development and paving the way of progression from junior to senior football in the county.
Interest in the new team has been above and beyond the club’s expectation and comes on the back of the volume of players being produced through the academy.
The management structure of the Under 18 midweek side will remain the same with Stuart Clark being assisted by club stalwart Dean Elston.
The Under 18 Sunday side will be managed by Andy Ferguson with help from Leigh Appleby and Ethan Kemball.
Clark commented: “It is great news that we have the next crop of Under 16 players wanting to make that transition to Under 18s and senior football.
“The aim is to integrate some of the new year one Under 18s from Andy’s team with our existing year two squad for Thurlow Nunn midweek football as well as giving them the chance to play both senior football and Under 18s on Sundays.
“It is crucial in having the year one players available for selection and for the longevity and growth of the senior set up.”
The news follows last week’s announcement of the Tigers being named Lincolnshire FA Grassroots Club of the Year and first team boss Phil Barnes felt the addition of a second youth team was another step forward for the club.
He added: “The formation of this second team is another step in providing football to the youth of the community and giving them a clear pathway into the Holbeach senior set-up.
“This will provide the opportunity for them to play for the development, reserves and first team sides.
“Once we get training under way it will be great to get all the Under 18s working alongside the senior players.”