10:55 23 September 2015
By GFC Media
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Gillingham Football Club currently have seven Development Centres up and running throughout the County- one for girls and six for boys. These are based in Canterbury, Medway, Ashford, Dartford, Maidstone and Sittingbourne, giving the opportunity for young players in all four corners of Kent to become part of the only professional league club in the county.
Although the main aim is to recruit players for our academy, players can, and are encouraged, to remain registered with their local teams. We fully understand the importance of grassroots football and are keen to help develop players for the future whether they stay on with their local club or progress into our academy.
Regular Open Evenings are held throughout the year to recruit players into the academy and any talented players spotted at our Community run Soccer Schools and football activities are also invited to attend.
Technical Development Coach Rob Peck heads up the boys Development Centres, which focus on young players at U6, U7, U8, U9 and U10s. Players work on various ball skills and tricks, running and turning with the ball, passing drills and small sided games while at the centre. We aim to give individual players plenty of time 'on the ball' during each session, encouraging ball manipulation and confidence in possession.
Having these centres also enables us to keep an eye on players who in the first instance don't quite make it in to our academy. During the season centres have the opportunity to play games against one another to ensure a consistent standard of player is recruited, it also enables each player to develop at a faster rate than that might otherwise be the case. Games are also organised on a termly basis against local grassroots sides.
Boys Technical Development Coach:
Boys Development Centre Managers:
Toby Lansdale - Sevenoaks
Bryan Taylor - Canterbury
Terry Reynolds - Dartford
Craig Harvey - Medway
Darren Pont - Maidstone
Nick Rogers - Sittingbourne
For further information regarding the boys Development Centres please contact Geoff Wellard on 01634 350126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All our staff are FA qualified, licensed and CRB checked.