An update on youth football at Kidderminster Harriers.
By Luke Thompson - 21/08/2017
Posted 3 years ago
Here at Kidderminster Harriers Football Club, we are fully committed to developing young local talent and nurturing them.
This means we work hard at offering them the best, most professional environment possible in order for them to progress and grow as young footballers.
During the course of the last year we have been working to rejuvenate the youth football pathway within the club to create and generate future players – quite simply this means having a clear and defined route for footballers to progress from our youngest age groups all the way through to the senior team while being immersed in our footballing philosophy as well as our beliefs and values.
As a result of that hard work, we are extremely pleased to announce that as of July 2017, our young Harriers have been training in their squads and preparing for the forthcoming season. This has given them a fantastic opportunity to get together at an early opportunity and to bond as a group with their team mates and coaching staff.
Within the set-up, we have squads starting from Under 9s all the way through to Under 16s. From there, the players are able to continue that progression with our Academy system with footballing opportunities many and varied there in combination with a range of education courses.
For the new season, all of these new Junior teams will be representing the club in the Nerf Junior Premier League and competing against clubs from around the Midlands and further afield.
For us as a club to succeed we understand the requirements and need to recruit staff and coaches who will add benefit to not only the youth players but the club as a whole. So with this in mind we have recruited eight new lead coaches, a goalkeeper coach, ten volunteer coaches and a sports therapist to be able to run an in-depth youth football programme that is able to recruit, develop and work with players at a high level.
All of the coaches will be working in close conjunction with the first team management, John Eustace and Matt Gardiner and undertaking monthly coaches meeting to ensure clarity across the club in terms of the footballing philosophy in which has been created over the past 18 months.
Not only do we want to generate good players but we will be focusing on the development of coaching staff to ensure they achieve their goals within their careers. We fully believe that as a club we can offer a youth football programme that is not only about on-field development but we will be offering plenty of support and education off the pitch in terms of specific workshops that will add vital life skills and understanding to all our young players.
As a club, providing and creating an environment in which players can learn and develop is a huge priority of ours. This goes for all areas of the club, but it certainly starts as we engage players from as early as eight years old.
So, as the season progresses please keep your eyes peeled to see how the young Harriers are progressing. All of our young players will be in and around the ground on match days as we further build a fully-inclusive football club.
It’s our pleasure to have appointed the following staff to lead our teams through next season…..
Rob ‘HHH’ Cross – U9s head coach
Alex Hatch – U9s assistant coach
Luke Worthington – U10s head coach
Paul Graham – U10s assistant coach
Ryan Simmonds – U11s head coach
Simon Connell – U12s head coach
Luke McGowan – U13s head coach
Harry Butler – U12s assistant coach
Jimmy Beardsmore – U13s assistant coach
Clint Hughes – U14s head coach
Jamie Bloomfield – U14s assistant coach
Dave ‘Yorkie’ Holdsworth – U15s head coach
Mitch Siviter – U15s assistant coach
Scott Mason – U16s head coach
This article appears as printed in the match day programme for the home match vs Leamington on 15/08/17.