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Pools Launch New Elite Development Programme

6 September 2019

Club News

Pools Launch New Elite Development Programme

6 September 2019

Pools are expanding their Youth Development programme with a new initiative for young players in the region.

This new scheme will provide Year 10 and 11 youngsters

with an opportunity to develop their skills and give them a potential pathway

in to the Club's Under-19s full-time programme.

Led by Graeme Clark, a vastly experienced UEFA A

Licence qualified coach and FA Coach Educator, this Elite Development

initiative will give youngsters access to high-quality coaching within a

professional environment.

The Club will be laying on several trial eveningsin the coming weeks, starting on Monday 9th September, from which a limitednumber of elite players will be offered the chance to join the programme.

“This is a really exciting project for the Club,”explained Ian McGuckin.

“Previously, under EFL regulations, the Club was

unable to allow youngsters to continue playing with grassroots clubs as well as

being registered with Pools.

“However, this programme has been specifically designed

to complement the excellent work that is going on at so many boys clubs across

Hartlepool and the surrounding area.

“Not only will those who come on board be given the

chance to hone their footballing skills, but they will also be given all the

tools they need to progress in to the Club's Youth Team and beyond.”

The first session is on Monday 9th

September between 6pm and 8pm at East Durham College in Peterlee and these will

run each Monday throughout the month.

Those interested in attending one of the sessions should contact Graeme Clark directly on graeme.clark@hartlepoolunited.co.uk


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