A restructure at youth level has seen Wythenshawe Town bring in a new trio to coach and manage the club’s Under-21 development side, with the aim of further strengthening player supply through to the first team.
The former Witton Albion Reserves management team consisting of Paul Jones, Manager; Leo Kirk, Assistant Manager and Miles Couling, Goalkeeper coach, bring their combined semi-professional experience to the club, to build the new side and develop the natural conduit through to first-team football and eventually the prospect of competing at semi-professional level. While former Under-21s coach Josh Reed will take the helm of the club’s newly formed Under-18s side.
To attract the very best in local footballing talent, Wythenshawe Town hosted a well-attended Open Day on Sunday 21st May to present the benefits of playing for a grassroots football club which has support and facilities that many semi-professional clubs would be envious of. Attending the event was Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East who spoke to the forty-strong audience, made up of young footballers and their families, of the sense of solidarity a club like this brings, how it binds communities and has the genuine potential to become a world-class football club.
Paul Jones, the new Under-21s team manager talked on the day of the level of professionalism required – outlining the philosophies, discipline and focus expected from all who commit to play their football at the club. And in return for playing football at Wythenshawe Town, there is a lot on offer; from professional physio and strength conditioning support, to changing room facilities with showers and a warm clubhouse to enjoy drinks and hot food after matches – the players also receive first-class, high quality coaching thanks to the club’s links with professional football club Fleetwood Town.
Michael O’Neill, Head of Youth Recruitment at Fleetwood Town FC was available at the Open Day to talk with prospective players about the realistic opportunity of getting trials with the professional side, while Martin Kilheeney from the Manchester City Select Academy was also at the event and commented on how impressed he was with the club itself, the facilities and the importance of a new working relationship moving forward. And offering words of encouragement in terms of commitment and work ethic, former professional footballer and Assistant Manager of Macclesfield Town FC, Efe Sodje was on hand to speak with young players throughout the afternoon.
The event was a great success, as the Under-21s Manager Paul Jones confirms, “It was great to see not only so many young faces with a keen interest in playing football for the club, but also fantastic support from professional football outfits who recognise the importance of what a club like this does at grassroots level, and can see the potential ahead.”
Chairman Kenny Hope was nothing short of proud at how many people gave up a sunny Sunday afternoon to attend the event. “So many people work very hard to make this club what it is.” He went on to say, “I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am to each and everyone here, for their passion, their belief and their continued efforts to make this not only a great place to play football, but a true community football club in the heart of Wythenshawe. As we strengthen our efforts towards bringing semi-professional football to the club, we will soon be able to put Wythenshawe on the footballing map.”
Trials for the Wythenshawe Town FC Under-21s side, who will be playing their football next season in the Cheshire Under-21s league, commence on the evening of 6th June 2017. It’s an open training session for anyone with ability, looking to play football, aged 17 – 20. Anyone that meets the age criteria and is keen to progress their football future should contact the club for more information.