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New Under 16 Side at Truro City

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Truro City Football Club will be creating its NEW Youth football training programme starting with an under 16's team for the 2017-18 season.

This scheme aims to prepare disciplined, young, local players for higher level of the game.

The team will be guided by Ian Leigh and Deba Sidhu with an aim to develop this scheme further by introducing younger age groups in the near future. 

For more details, e-mail:
debasidhu@trurocityfc.net

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Great to hear about this. This is what is needed.

My only question is what happens when they reach the age where they can/have to play men's football? You may get one or two who may become good enough to step up to the men's side, but the rest will surely be lost to other clubs around the county whilst Truro City have no reserve side in the lower leagues? Does TCFC have any affiliated/feeder clubs? 

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Would need to know much more about this before 'celebrating' it - is it a training programme, for which parents have to pay / is it a formal team - in which case where are the players coming from (other teams) and what league are they going to play in - Kernow or ECYFL. This certainly won't be an 'academy structure' as TCFC simply don't have the funds for that, so if not in one of the two youth leagues - who are they going to play?

There is also no chance, whatsoever of any U16 playing moving into the first team once 16 - fantasy to think they would. There is no u18 structure, let alone a Reserve side and at 16 players cannot make the step to Southern level  

I am all for anything that provides youth training but would urge caution until the plans are more open - Elite Coaching did something similar but in reality was just a money making exercise for the now Tavistock Manager. I would not be surprised to find this to be similar - 20 u16 lads paying £5 a week for some coaching (even if the coaching is very good), having to buy Truro City kit with two or three arranged games a season. 

Sorry for sounding pessimistic, but have seen it before. If TCFC had a real commitment to youth football - create a  Reserve side, all u21 players with an emphasis on local lads 16-20 - and enter them into a men's league, at as high a standard as the local leagues would allow. 

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On 2017-6-6 at 10:32, Bobjfh said:

Would need to know much more about this before 'celebrating' it - is it a training programme, for which parents have to pay / is it a formal team - in which case where are the players coming from (other teams) and what league are they going to play in - Kernow or ECYFL. This certainly won't be an 'academy structure' as TCFC simply don't have the funds for that, so if not in one of the two youth leagues - who are they going to play?

There is also no chance, whatsoever of any U16 playing moving into the first team once 16 - fantasy to think they would. There is no u18 structure, let alone a Reserve side and at 16 players cannot make the step to Southern level  

I am all for anything that provides youth training but would urge caution until the plans are more open - Elite Coaching did something similar but in reality was just a money making exercise for the now Tavistock Manager. I would not be surprised to find this to be similar - 20 u16 lads paying £5 a week for some coaching (even if the coaching is very good), having to buy Truro City kit with two or three arranged games a season. 

Sorry for sounding pessimistic, but have seen it before. If TCFC had a real commitment to youth football - create a  Reserve side, all u21 players with an emphasis on local lads 16-20 - and enter them into a men's league, at as high a standard as the local leagues would allow. 

Agreed. Well explained. 

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