October 25, 2013 Leave a comment
SUCCESSFUL ACADEMY AUDIT; YOUTH SET-UP TO GAIN FROM SPORTS SCIENCE PLACEMENTS
THE club’s academy has passed a recent academy audit on both administration and technical audits for a sixth-successive year.
Head of development Mark Pike said: “It is a pleasure to head up a flourishing academy. The hard work that goes on both on and off the field is phenomenal.”
“We have gone from strength to strength since I set the structure some six years ago. We’ve faced challenges like losing a full squad of under-12s and their coaching staff, with just days before the start of the season but we all rallied together and the experience has made us better for it going forward.
“I’m fortunate to have such character and commitment within our academy staffing team. Gary Dawkins, our administrator, has worked extremely hard behind the scenes ensuring our paperwork is correct, while our coaches are putting in the hours coaching and attendance to coach education sessions.
“Josh Pike, Darren Gardner, Davis Davies, Jeff Bailey and Ian Wozencroft are all doing a superb job in developing our kids of the future and Eddie Phillips keeps on our feet well and truly on the ground!”
Mark Pike is now looking to continue to improve the club’s academy structure and to excel even further.
“Away from audit, I want our academy to excel even further and take us to new heights that put us on the map in the coaching education,” he explained.
“After an external and rigorous review of our academy, today we have had approval from a leading, national UK sports education university to place students into our academy on a short-term placement program.
“This will allow sports science/coaching education degree students to work within and alongside our academy staff. Sport science and coach education is the way forward plays a massive part in the professional football.
“It is this knowledge that we need to introduce into our system, whether it on nutrition, motivation techniques or psychology, or the way we coach. This is a great opportunity for the club and students who join us on placement to ensure we are able to our players the best in terms of preparation and development.”