This whole thing is ridiculous.
It is a complete accumulation of things that contribute to the lack of players and teams folding.
Firstly, we act like the fact teams fold is something completely new. It has happened since the introduction of football and is because of things such as finances, lack of infrastructure, poor management at various tiers, lack of youth, managers promising 16 year olds the world, money or incentives being thrown at teenagers even in Cornwall (I wonder what will happen to those youth players at Helston who have been promised or given incentives when they just don’t quite cut it and have to look for a new club - are they going to expect the same elsewhere? Not a knock at Helston as fully respect what they’re trying to achieve) etc etc. To pin point youth isn’t fair or correct.
Without parents we would have no youth football or avenues into men’s football.
I completely disagree with St Darren’s comments regarding the youth not being the future of a club, without our youth section we would have no club.
CRD, you’ve given a prime example of the youth having over inflated egos - you commented that your players are/will be better than St Piran standard (or words to that affect). Let’s remember that this is now effectively the second highest tier in Cornwall. Furthermore, the team you are associated with have a team at that standard, so it’s hardly promoting progression from within the club.
Anyway, to conclude my rant and 2p’s worth - I think you’re all right in what you’re saying...but all completely wrong too.
And just for the record, Wendron’s reserve team fielded a team consisting of 9 former Wendron youth players in the starting 11 today, 11 in the squad of 15 plus a former youth player as manager, and a former youth manager as assistant manager.
It is such a shame Ludgvan have struggled over the past couple of years and it has accumulated in this. In my opinion, it’s the fact that they gathered a squad reliant on 3-4 top players, and when they went elsewhere it left them in a mess. I wish them all the best.