Stroud League champions Dursley Town have confirmed that they will be introducing an U18s side for the 2020/21 season, as they look to build for the future on and off the field.
The side will be managed by First Team Assistant manager James Thompson and Simon Rees and they will join a competitive Cheltenham Youth Floodlit League that has also seen the newly announced Stonehouse Town U18s side register for next season’s campaign.
“The youth are a key point to the future and the success of the club,” Thompson told us. “It’s something myself and Karl [First Team Manager Karl Nash] wanted to improve as soon as we took over at the club.
As people will be aware the club nearly folded a couple of years ago before Karl and I took over, but with the support of a very good committee and a few old heads we wrote a 5-year plan into making the club sustainable on and off the pitch and bringing in an U18s side has been part of that plan from day one,” added Thompson.
Dursley, who are awaiting confirmation regarding a potential promotion into the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, introduced five youth teams to the club last year – including a competitive U17s side which saw a few players break through into men’s football and now Thompson believes that the club have the facilities to develop even more young players through the system.
“Dursley has always been a family club and has always been supported on and off the field by the locals, which makes us stand out within the community. Players will get a fun, safe and secure environment to play football whilst learning and developing their skills thanks to some top coaching from UEFA and FA licensed coaches.
But also, we will be looking to provide a clear and solid pathway into adult football and really with several other local clubs in the league it should be a great experience for these young lads,” said Thompson.
Any players interested in joining Dursley’s new side or are looking for further information, please contact the club by email at email@example.com or message the club’s Facebook account, Dursley Town Football Club.