Non-league King’s Lynn Town unveil further aims to improve youth development

Lynn want to see more local lads progress through the ranks to represent the club's first team. Pict

Lynn want to see more local lads progress through the ranks to represent the club's first team. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town hope their growing investment in youth will create a longer pathway to the club's first team.

The Linnets, reformed in 2010, only launched an under-18s side in the summer of 2015 but have already announced plans to entice more talented teenagers to the club. The latest move will see Town form a partnership with the 'Elite' part of the King's Lynn Community Football (KLCF) scheme to create a national platform for the area's hottest prospects to play on.

A King's Lynn Under-16s team will compete in the Nerf Junior Premier League next season, offering players the chance to take on some of the best teams outside of a professional football academy.

Linnets reserve-team boss Robbie Back said: 'I am excited to announce that we now have a link with King's Lynn Community Football and will be having an under-16s team, which will play in the Junior Premier League against teams like Cambridge City, Birmingham City and Coventry City.

'Myself, Dan Buhlemann (KLCF football development officer) and Gary Setchell (Lynn first-team boss) have been working on this project for the last six months and now all the final details are ready for release. A big thank you goes to Peter and Kevin Waddison from Coastal Construction for supporting us in this venture.

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'We are recruiting players who are currently in school Year 10 (under-15s) to play in the Saturday morning league during 2016/17. The squad will train twice a week at Lynnsport, including a weekly session with our King's Lynn Town Under-18s.'

A training session will be held for interested players on Monday April 11 and 18, from 6-8pm, at Lynnsport. A select group of players will then be asked to attend a session on the pitch at The Walks on Monday April 25.

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The partnership is also looking for under-14s, 15s and 16s to compete in the Pilgrim Cup across the weekend of Saturday May 28. This prestigious competition allows 'Lynn' to lock horns with some of the best clubs in the Football League.

The Linnets' desire to look to the future has also been proved at first-team level with youngsters Dylan Edge and Matty Castellan recently signing contracts with Setchell's Southern League Premier Division side.

Interested parties are asked to e-mail confirming their son's date-of-birth, current club, preferred playing position(s) and any previous academy experience. A free place for the April sessions will then be confirmed via e-mail. Training fees will apply if successful in gaining a squad place. For more information contact Buhlemann on 07775 96131.

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