Corby Town Football Club operates a highly successful Youth Academy, which was formed in 2012.
The great players and teams throughout the club’s history have been built on local talent, which is something that the football club is keen to build on for the future with eight academy sides ranging from Under 9’s to Under 16’s.
Under the watchful eye of former Wales U21 international and current Head of Youth, Mark Peters, the Academy provides players with a sound foundation to develop their technical skills and tactical knowledge in a professional environment.
The club have entered U14, U15 and U16 age groups into the NERF Junior Premier League for 2015/16, whilst younger teams compete against Football League and Conference opposition in competitive matches, complementing a twice weekly training program. The quality of matches in a competitive but professional environment means that the players can develop at the right pace for them.
The Academy provides a link from the local community into professional football and a pathway is in place whereby talented players can progress. This has already seen Academy players go on to play for the Corby Town First Team, as well as Burton Albion, MK Dons, Leicester City and Peterborough United.
Not every footballer can win the World Cup, however they can reach their optimum level if aided and assisted in the proper manner. The Corby Town Youth Academy aims to provide the required knowledge, guidance, facilities and encouragement to enable each footballer to maximise the opportunities available to them.
It is also at the core of the Corby Town Youth Academy ethos to ensure that football is accessible and affordable for local people, and we have worked hard to keep costs to an absolute minimum. For 2014/15 the cost to participate in the Academy is less than £3.35 per session, which is very competitive compared to other similar established set ups.
As a club we are also keen to ensure a thriving youth football structure in the local area, and are one of the few academy sides that allow our players to also play for their Weetabix League sides on a Sunday.
Corby Town Football Club is fully committed to the Academy and recognises the importance of developing youth.
For more information on the Corby Town Youth Academy please contact Mark Peters at email@example.com or call 07900501763.
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Corby Town Football Club announced a partnership with the Jimmy Kane Trust in November 2014, which benefits the club’s academy and youth teams.
The Jimmy Kane Trust was set up in 2007 following the death of the former Corby Town chairman, with the aim of supporting the young people of Corby and in particular youth sports.
Jimmy was well-known for his role as chairman of the Steelmen. He had worked tirelessly to keep the club going since he became a supporter in the 1950s.
The charismatic Scotsman was a former county council leader, founder of the internationally-recognised Pen Green Centre, a steel union official, a worker director with the former British Steel Corporation, and was involved with Corby Council for 46 years. Married to wife Cathy for 56 years, he was awarded the CBE in 2002. He was also made freeman of Corby prior to his death in recognition of his huge contribution to the town.
Jimmy’s daughter Carol-Anne Kane was in attendance to officially launch the partnership, which sees the Jimmy Kane Trust support the club’s youth teams from Under 8’s to Under 18’s, by providing training equipment, kits and other vital materials.
Corby Town chairman Stevie Noble told corbytownfc.co.uk; “On behalf of Jimmy’s daughter, Carol-Anne and everyone at the football club we are all delighted that this partnership will help support lots of youngsters in the town. There is quite a cost involved in setting up youth teams so this is a great help.
“I can’t stress enough how important this is for the club. As a result of the partnership between us and The Jimmy Kane Trust, other organisations and firms from the town, like Wise Up For Work and Alpha Tankers, have already got involved.
“This is a continuation of a great legacy from a man who was extremely important for this town and for Corby Town Football Club. Jimmy worked tirelessly during his time at the club to ensure that it survived, and if it was not for his hard work and determination we would not have a club today.
“The assistance and help from the Jimmy Kane Trust will help us to continue our great work with the youth system at Corby Town and enable us to develop more players to follow in the footsteps of our young first team semi-professionals like; Connor Kennedy, Liam McInally, Jordon Crawford, Curtis Hartley, Harry May and Elliott Bentley.
“It is great that his name will continue to be associated with the club that he loved and I would like to say a huge thank you to his family for helping to ensure that the future of Corby Town is a bright one.”
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