Fell’s adamance that the club need to build from the juniors is such that he’s taking the time to coach the new Performance Centre himself! The UEFA A licence coach will be putting on sessions for U15 and U16 players every Friday in April at the Giant Axe with a view to a more permanent Centre of Excellence type youth system being grown.
“We need to grow our own, we need to have better provision for the local young players in the area and work with the amateur clubs to provide a strong pathway to high level semi-pro football”, said Fell, “there are good players in the area that don’t always have a platform to develop past 16 and we need to support that, we don’t want to take players away from junior clubs – we want to support them to play better for those clubs, with the ultimate aim of going onto a full time scholarship programme when they leave school, the reserves and then the 1st team in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. We’ve got the right model, we just need to implement it and give these players good coaching, good facilities and a vision and desire to want to play for Lancaster City.”
City have been boosted this season by local players such as Paul Dawson, Tom Kilifin and Charlie Bailey, all who live in the City and Fell wants a conveyor belt of talent to come through a home-grown system for years to come, “every football fan wants to see players from their home town playing with pride, I want the local lads to aspire to play for Lancaster, to know what it’s all about and where it could take them. To start that we need to get more engagement, we need to know the local amateur scene, know the local leagues and have a clear pathway.”
To register your interest in Friday’s session email email@example.com or contact Mark Fell on 07736037607