Warrington Rylands FC Celebrates Youth Development Pathway

Jan 16, 2024 | Centre of Excellence, Club News

Warrington Rylands FC is celebrating further success of its youth development pathway, with the spotlight firmly on the future. Recent first team appearances by players nurtured in the youth ranks underline the success of Warrington Rylands FC and its coaches in developing the future of football in the town.

The junior section, an integral part of the club’s youth development framework, has been the breeding ground for talent that is now pushing onto the senior stage. The seamless transition from the junior ranks to the first team exemplifies the effectiveness of Warrington Rylands FC’s commitment to providing a pathway for young players to thrive.

Jimmy Bush, U16’s JPL Manager said “some of my players have trained with the first team for a few weeks now and the growth in confidence we have seen off the back of that is massive. How engaging first team manager Michael Clegg has been with the older teams touching on the adult side of the game has been brilliant, I can’t speak highly enough of.”

Alf Akiotu, U17’s JPL Manager said “Rylands is really doing a great job now with giving these lads a chance, it’s good to integrate the lads and see what talent is within the club.”

Fans have witnessed the emergence of these talented youngsters, with their recent contribution in a first team friendly against Salford City FC capturing the essence of the club’s dedicated to fostering homegrown talent. The junior section, acting as a crucial stepping stone in the developmental journey, continues to be a cornerstone in the club’s quest for sustained success.

First team manager Michael Clegg said “The young lads did really well when they came on against a strong side, seeing a combination of so many age groups making first team debuts tonight was really pleasing.”

The club’s youth development pathway has been further enhanced by the recent launch of its Centre of Excellence, making a significant stride in the club’s commitment to elite player development. Headed up by former professional footballer and first team assistant manager Nicky Hunt, the Centre of Excellence stands as a testament to Warrington Rylands FC’s dedication to nurturing talent in Warrington from grassroots to professional levels.

The club also runs free community football sessions tailored for youngster ages 3 to 6. Recognising the importance of introducing children to the joy of the beautiful game from an early age, these sessions aim to cultivate a passion got football while focusing on fundamental skill development in a fun and supportive environment. The introduction of these sessions means that Warrington Rylands FC youth development pathway runs from age 3 right through to adult football and provides both grassroots and elite opportunities.

As the young players continue to make their mark, Warrington Rylands FC stand proud, showcasing not only a successful first team challenging at the top of the Northern Premier League but also a thriving youth development system that ensures a bright future for the club and its emerging stars.

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