Chorley Football Club are delighted to announce the formation of a new Development Team for the 2016/17 season.
The team has successfully applied to join the Lancashire Football League and will initially be made up of players from the existing & very successful under 18’s team with the club also looking to recruit players in a series of trial games over the summer.
While the Lancashire League is in essence an open age competition the team will be made up of young upcoming talent as a progression from the under 18 category & will be in the main an under 21 squad. In addition to player development the competition also allows for up to 4 first team players at anyone time to play in games.
The football club are looking to recruit a manager/coach to take the reins of the new squad and have already received several applications for the position, details of how to apply can be found in the attached document. Closing date for candidates for applications is Saturday June 11th with interviews scheduled for Saturday 18th June.
Speaking about the new set up first team assistant manager Jamie Vermiglio said “The formation of the new Development Team indicates Janny, mine and Smuder's delight that we have taken another step in our goal of developing Chorley FC into a club who not only have the performance of the first team at heart, but also the desire to develop younger players from the local area and give them realistic opportunities to represent our football club & maybe even play at a higher level.
“This, along with other initiatives to be released in coming days and weeks, indicates our intent to make progress in unison with the first team as we continue to strengthen links and develop opportunities for local people.”
He added “The good thing about the league the team will be playing in is that while the main objective entering the competition is to develop young players & provide them with an excellent standard of competitive football, it also allows us to play lads from the first team who might be struggling for fitness after an injury or who need game time. Where last season we explored the dual registration route to get players games this season we can keep them at the club & monitor their progress more closely”.
The club are planning to play home games on Friday nights at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium and chairman Ken Wright had this to say on the new team: “A lot of people have been working very hard behind the scenes to bring this about and it is a very important step in the direction for the development of the club. We took the decision to play here (Victory Park) as we feel it will give everyone a good opportunity to have a look at players we are developing away from the first team and we hope it will prove popular amongst our supporters”.