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STEVENAGE FC

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elcome back to all the Stevenage FC Fans to what we hope will be a great performance from our senior side under the Lamex floodlights this evening. The Academy season is now up and running and there has been lots going at Shephalbury recently. Most immediately I’d like to congratulate Alex Revell and Ronnie Henry on collecting their first three points in the Youth Alliance League. The Youth Team saw off Gillingham at Bragbury End at the weekend 1-0 thanks to a well-deserved goal from left wing back Cadell Fraser-Robinson. Meanwhile back at Shephalbury our under 16 side provided spectators with a thrilling game against Gillingham coming back from 5-3 down with only minutes remaining to draw 5-5. Fin Johnson with a hat-trick in the season opener. On to coaching, we have no fewer than 9 Academy coaches enrolled on FA courses this coming season. 4 UEFA A Licence, 3 Advanced Youth Award learners and 2 coaches in the final stages of completing their UEFA B licence. In September we will be hosting a Hertfordshire FA CPD event for level 2 and 3 (UEFA B) coaches. Focusing on how our youth team are being developed at Shephalbury Sports Academy. More details will hopefully be released for all those interested on the club’s social streams in the coming days. Ieuan Lewis our Youth Development Phase lead coach is now the holder of his second level 4 FA coaching qualification (now holding the Advanced Youth Award for U12-U16 player along with the UEFA A licence). Ieuan works with a very special group of players in our Academy and is responsible for linking the younger ages (U9-U12 led by Jimmy Martin) to Stevenage FC v Southend Utd

the older players (who are coached by Revs and Ronnie). The skills required to create such a bridge are vital for our Academy. We received compensation from a Premier League club for one player in this phase last year but want to press on and create more pathways for these young players to play in our youth team and then eventually our senior side. Ieuan is part of a joinedup process that exposes players to the right game at the right time in the right position! This involves the senior side and like last season, recently a 14-year-old player took part in training with some of our senior players. We started three U16 players in the Youth Team opener on Saturday along with introducing the previously mentioned 14-year-old from the bench later in the game! I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Glenn Quirke (Academy Operations Manager) who sadly, is soon leaving the club to explore a new and exciting vocation within football. Glenn has been with the club since 2012 and behind the scenes has been an integral part of the Academy’s success. Back to tonight, good luck to Dino his staff and all the players. Enjoy the game

Stephen Payne Head of Coaching

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