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UPDATE: Reds launch Manchester-based Development Centre

Reds launch a not-for-profit Development Centre at Wright Robinson College

2 August 2023

Club News

UPDATE: Reds launch Manchester-based Development Centre

Reds launch a not-for-profit Development Centre at Wright Robinson College

2 August 2023

Accrington Stanley are delighted to launch a not-for-profit Development Centre at Wright Robinson College, which aims to support players through a performance training and games programme.

The Development Centre also provides an opportunity to attract talented and motivated players within the area that will benefit from high-quality coaching, and a games programme in a great learning environment.

Launched in May 2023 and operated by James Caldwell, previously Head of Recruitment at Oldham Athletic, the squads compete in the Junior Premier League, and against other development centres and academies.

The performance training and games programme is currently funded through parent contributions on a monthly subscription basis, with all funds received going directly to the running of the Development Centre.

Stanley's Academy Manager, Duncan Fearnhead said: "We are pleased to announce the partnership with James and his team at the Development Centre in Manchester.

"This provides another step in our commitment to developing players and raising our profile across the wider community, whilst supporting player recruitment for our Academy.

"This initiative reflects our dedication to providing aspiring young players in the area with access to a development pathway.

"By working together, we are able to share knowledge and resources and improve the games programme for the Development Centre and the Academy.

"With this new partnership, we aim to build a strong foundation, ensuring that players have a chance to improve and potentially become vital assets to our Academy."

Development Centre Manager, James Caldwell added: "I’m delighted to be working with the Academy at Accrington Stanley Football Club.

"The club has a strong reputation for having a detailed approach and a strong pathway through to the first team.

"Developing young players towards higher standards is a fantastic profession in football and I’m delighted to have the opportunity with my team of coaches here to be supporting Accrington Stanley."

For further information about the Accrington Stanley Development Centre, please CLICK HERE!


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