IAN DYER, a familiar figure to supporters as one of Alan Dowson’s right-hand men, is the club’s new Academy Manager.
The role will be in addition to his duties as assistant manager of the first team and will mean that he and Dowse are now both working full-time for the club.
Ian holds a UEFA A Licence coaching badge, the highest available, and an FA Youth Licence.
He has been a professional academy coach at Barnet, Fulham and Portsmouth, working with many youngsters who are now full-time players. He was head of coaching at Coerver Coaching UK and spent four years working with elite-level teams in the US.
Though the new academic year starts next month, there is still time for boys undecided what to do in their final two years at school to have a trial for the Beavers Academy.
Ian said: “I am excited to take on this new role and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building a successful academy programme. I see this as a great opportunity to create a clear pathway for our young players into senior football, some of them, hopefully, into our own first team.
“My overall aim is for this academy to be the best in the area and to provide a first-class environment for both football and education.
“With myself and Dowse now being full-time at the club, it will help us continue to grow our strong relationship with Hampton & Richmond Borough Youth, as well as build links with other local schools and youth groups in the community.
“With a stronger link to the first team, it will mean better opportunities for the boys and a chance for the manager to regularly observe their development.
“It is an exciting time for the club and I am committed to pushing the academy forward over the next few years.
“We will be arranging a further trial date for new players, who are considering a football and education programme for the coming season. As soon as we have a date, we will publicise it as widely as we can.”
For those unfamiliar with academies, they are the equivalent of a school sixth form or FE college, for boys aged 16 to 18, but with a heavy emphasis on football training and playing of matches.
Our boys play in the National League Under-19 Alliance, with home matches at Hanworth Villa FC on Wednesdays at 2pm (should you find time to go along and watch them).
They have lessons from a tutor in the Beveree clubhouse and work towards a BTEC Level 3 award, equivalent to A-levels.
The club would like to thank the outgoing academy manager, Koo Dumbaya, for his work during his time with us. We wish him good luck in the future.
Updated 08:07 - 15 Aug 2017 by Rob Overfield