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Youth Development Squad

18 November 2013

Youth Development Squad becomes an official Bury FC player pathway

Bury Football Club and Bury FC Community Trust have recently redeveloped their player pathway system to make one of the Trust’s educational programmes, the Shadow Squad an official pathway as part of the Academy system.

The Shadow Squad will be renamed the Youth Development Squad and players that show exceptional talent and promise will now have the facility to be able to transfer across to the club’s youth team.  The original aim of the Shadow Squad was to provide opportunities to young players who have been released from a professional club or those not quite good enough to secure a scholarship.

The Youth Development Squad programme will combine a chance for the boys to continue with their education whilst also receiving expert coaching from Academy coaches.  This helps to provide an opportunity for boys to stay within a professional club environment, recognising that many youngsters develop at different rates.  

Ian Kendall, Bury FC Director with responsibility for the Academy was instrumental in bringing about this change and tying the Shadow Squad into the Academy system.  Commenting on this development, Ian said,

“Everyone involved in youth football is aware that boys develop at different rates and different ages, and programmes such as the Shadow Squad will help to ensure that potentially talented youngsters will not drop out of the system.  It will also provide an alternative career path for boys that we might have to release from Bury FC’s Academy, to help them combine football coaching with college education.  This is a key responsibility that everyone at Bury FC takes seriously.

We are all hopeful that a programme like this will unearth a talent, someone like an Ian Wright who was not picked up by a club as a youngster but went on to be an exceptionally talented and successful footballer”.

The education department at the club is holding an open day for anyone that is interested in securing a place on the new Youth Development Squad.  This will take place on Monday 25th November between 5pm-7pm.  For more details on the course, and the open day, please contact Mike Morris on

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