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8 July 2014

Youth & Academy system staff boosted

The club are thrilled to announce the arrival of four young interns who are starting a career in football analysis.

The four youngsters, Nathan McKenzie, Simon Whitehead, James Plumb and Jess Fletcher, pictured above, have joined the Youth & Academy system this morning with a view to helping the coaching staff improve the young players from aged 9 upto the Youth Team.

Using the skills they have learnt at Manchester Metropolitan University, studying within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, the foursome will spend their time with the Shakers using video and statistics recording all games that the youth team and academy systems take part in.

Head of Youth Ryan Kidd said this morning: ‘The management team have developed an action plan over the summer to give the youth and Academy players every possible opportunity to progress professionally. The Board have worked hard to support the department to implement that plan and make the improvements we have asked for. It’s really refreshing to work at a club where there are no barriers or stones left unturned as the club strives for success.


The new intake of staff help to motivate us as they look for direction and leadership and their enthusiasm to learn is infectious. The club is buzzing with everything that is going on at the moment.’

Meanwhile, the club have also taken Bradley Seymour on a temporary basis, and his main role is to redesign the clubs academy and youth website.  Brad’s work is well underway and we hope to be able to get the fruit of his work online in the next three weeks.

Also joining the staff is Jamie Hesketh who takes over the role vacated by Dave Tivey who left last month.  A recent graduate with John Moores University with a BSC (Hons) in Science and Football, Jamie will become the youth team’s new fitness coach.

Finally, Paul Cunliffe who has taken over the role of Youth Development Coach, a role recently held by Mark Litherland (now Academy Manager).  

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