Bedlington Terriers Football Club have drawn up ambitious plans to create its own junior football club following failed attempts to forge links with other junior teams.
Chairman Ronan Liddane said: “Our over-riding intention is to help children develop their football ability and to help provide a high-quality progression route from junior to senior football.
“We have been attempting to hold dialogue with local junior teams regarding a partnership with Bedlington Terriers that focuses solely upon player development. Sadly we have reached an Impasse for varying reasons.
“The new junior club will focus upon quality coaching and creating an outstanding player development and progression pathways. Child development is paramount in the development of the players.”
The project will be led by the Terriers’ newly appointed junior development officer Dave Johnson, who has already created national award-winning performance pathways in schools.
Terriers’ secretary Ken Waterhouse said the club has the right man for the job.
He said: “We brought Dave in to try to forge partnerships with local clubs, but this sadly has not happened. He shares our vision of a junior club that puts the footballing education of children ahead of everything.”
The club said the new junior set-up will provide additional benefits to its players including access to first team players and coaches; season tickets for all players; match-day experiences and academy-style coaching opportunities.
Anyone who wishes to get involved in the project should contact Dave Johnson on 07921 563464.