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Youth Development Update

24 June 2020

The Silkmen's Football Academy programme have continued their phased return to action over the last couple of weeks, led by Youth Development manager Paul McGuire and the coaches from the Academy who have been supported by the Community Sports Trust staff.  
With the fitness sessions increasing in difficulty, both current and new recruits have been working hard in preparation for the 2020/21 season.
The Academy will kick off their second year and will again compete in several competitions looking to build on last season's exciting campaign. 

Notably, the Community & Education Football Alliance (CEFA) which is a football competition run by the EFL, featuring teams representing Premier League and EFL Clubs across the country with professional club names, official kits and associated club support.
With a range of tiered leagues, the competition offers playing opportunities for young people of all abilities, as well as the opportunity to play football in a league competition governed professionally by the EFL. The competition also has both separate Men and Women's Regional and National Cup competition.
The Academy will also compete in the North West Under 21 DevelopmentLleague which was formed in 1992 with the core foundation set to provide youth players with the tools & facilities to improve. The Silkmen will have two teams placed in the Premier Division and the Championship division, respectively.
As well as the league campaigns, the Academy will also compete once again in the FA Youth Cup and in the Cheshire Senior Cup. 
Youth Development Manager Paul McGuire commented: "Things are starting to take shape and from a recruitment point of view we're delighted with our new intake.

"In addition to this, the lads going into their second year are showing a desire to get back at it and fight for places. 

"We' now have around seventy players across both year groups, so we'll have a busy and vibrant Academy set-up. 

"Let's hope one or two can progress within the Club during the coming seasons!".
Look out for further Youth Development updates in the coming weeks, including a call to action for new coaches to work as part of the expanding Academy set-up.

In addition to this, Paul is to take your questions in a Q and A session next week and you can submit your entries now.

Further details on this can be found here.

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