As a member of the newly formed SPFL, Clyde Football Club believe that we have a responsibility to the Scottish game of football and also to the community we serve. In operating a Youth Football Department, we take our responsibility to provide a platform for young players to develop to high standards very seriously.
Running a Youth Department is an expensive and time consuming business and to fund this effectively requires dedication and hard work; principally from those involved in running the Academy but, of course, also of the players and parents. Working together, we hope to continue to achieve a Youth Academy which the club and the community are proud of.
Our Youth Department is headed up by our Director of Youth, Willie O'Neill. Willie is very ably assisted by our Head of Youth Development Tom McKenna and also forming part of the new structure at the club is our Technical Director, Jamie McGowan. Another new position at the academy is headed up by our player development officer, Iain Crawford who has had great experience in football coaching, specifically in the youth area. In turn, they lead a fully qualified team of coaching staff trained to the highest level and providing football in the categories of 11s,12s,13s,14s,15s and 16/17s. We now also have a team of volunteers that assist within the new structure offering medical care and support.
During 2012 -2013, the club received a full award from the Scottish Football Association as recognition of its efforts. The club also meets all the criteria for UEFA Club Licensing and we now operate within the new criteria at 3 Star.
The aim of the Youth Department is to find talent and maximise their full potential to enable Clyde FC to reach our goals at the highest level within the Scottish game. As a club we offer coaching and facilities at the highest standards and this enable us to attract new talent to add to our existing squads each year.
Each squad is coached twice a week in ball mastery and the dynamics of the Scottish game and one night a week with our sports science team as they work on core fitness and recovery. This will give our playing staff the basic tools required to allow the players to evolve into professional footballers for the future. The Youth Department also takes seriously the importance of other aspects of their involvement, such as discipline, dedication, team work, diet and nutrition and run several such nights throughout the year.
Games are played within the SFA elite performance criteria at age groups 11s and 12s, with the 13s to 17s playing within initiative structure for 2013. Games are played on a Saturday for the 11s and 12s and a Sunday for all other age groups.
We also have a separate section on our website for our 19s squad where the players integrate closely with first team activities. In the past, players such as Craig Bryson, Robert Harris, Ruari MacLennan and Scott Ferguson have made the progression up to the Bully Wee senior squad in this manner and we are positive this will continue for years to come.
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