For the 2019/20 season FC Halifax Town’s Youth Team will be taking part in a new Academy League.
The new league fits under the umbrella of the National League Youth Alliance and is a key part of The National League’s ‘Growing our Game’ strategy with the objective to enable National League clubs to develop more and better home-grown players.
The young Shaymen have been invited to take part in the National League Football Academy North division which will also feature; Hartlepool United, York City, Solihull Moors, AFC Fylde, Chester, Kidderminster Harriers, Guiseley, Alfreton and Darlington.
As well as the new league format National League Clubs have been given the opportunity to apply for a licence to operate a National League Football Academy. Set criteria and standards are required to attain and maintain The National League Football Academy status.
Head of Youth, Junior and Community Football Development, Steve Nichol, commented:
“The process of applying for the National League Football Academy has been an excellent opportunity to evaluate and challenge the structures we have in place.
“The new league format will expose our players to a higher standard of competition; key for the longer-term development of our players and programme.
The former Garforth Town manager said:
“The league provides the highest standard of competition outside of the Football League Youth Alliance.
“We will also continue to work with the National League towards a new form of youth player contract providing more protection to clubs at this level and help to protect the Club’s investment.”
Participation in the new league format will involve additional investment to support travel, the club have advertised for host families to broaden our range of recruitment.
For us to continue and expand our programmes, sponsorship is crucial to its success. Working alongside our title sponsors, RSA Insurance we have several sponsorship packages available. Interested parties should contact Ben Bottomley on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07967 949777
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