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The club has almost completed an extensive reorganisation of the playing structure during the off season.
Discussions have been ongoing throughout the summer but there has been a new programme put in place that will offer a progression from Junior Elite football and the Junior Premier League, through the Conference Youth League, into the Capital League and the Ryman Youth League. These will feed into the club's reserve team in the Suburban League and ultimately the First team, giving promising players a hopefully seamless transition into higher levels of football.
Joining with HRBFC to make this happen will be Hampton Youth FC, and this will allow their players currently progressing through their ranks the chance to go further and stay under the one banner.
A huge vote of thanks must go to the work of On-Side Coaching’s Simon Haughney and his fellow coaches, who will bring much to the club in his new association with us. As well as bringing in younger age groups, he’ll work to introduce soccer camps through the summer which is hoped will increase the profile of the club throughout the area and possibly identify new junior talent. The Junior Premier League team will be run by Cliff Poley, and we thank him for agreeing to do this.
The Academy Programme will stays the same but there will be a opportunity for those up and coming players of a similar age for who the Academy isn’t suitable, like those in private education, Sixth Form College or who have chosen a different educational route. The club will be operating a team in the Capital League to give these players a chance to move and progress onwards at a senior level. The club would like to thank Lee Wain for agreeing to take this on.
First team Manager Mark Harper is clearly looking forward to the new programme and the future it will give to the club,
“I’d like to say a huge thank you for the club for buying into the new structure and supporting the legacy of what the current Chairman, Board of Directors and coaching team are trying to plan for the future of the club.”
All this will be to ensure that the development of players within the club will be progressive, sustainable and inclusive of all areas of the local community, both on and off the pitch. This will be the first time that a coordinated programme will have been put in place under the HRBFC banner in the history of the club.