Bury under-16s have set up a semi-final tie with Premier League Hull City after winning their league on Sunday.
Bury FC’s under 16 side has won the Football League North West U16 league after beating Walsall u16s 3-0 on Sunday.
Academy Manager, Mark Litherland, spoke to the Bury FC Network about the good work that is going on behind the scenes, especially with the u16s.
He said: “They’ve done ever so well this year, last year they couldn’t buy a win. So a lot of credit has to go to the coaches; Ashley Hoskin and Luke Gibson, who have worked wonders with them this year.
“We’ve changed the philosophy of how we play this season. The whole ethos has changed, and it’s testament to the lads that they have won the league.”
It is a great time for the academy and youth department at the moment with the u18s also doing well in there league. This shows that something is obviously working within the academy system.
The main aim of the academy is to develop players for the first team and all academy teams copy the style of the first team.
He said: “The whole purpose of the education programme within the academy is trying to get players into our first team, but before that to get them scholarships.
“We’re looking for six scholars this year to promote into our present u18s. We’ve got two at the moment Liam Williams and Will Osgathorpe, who has just come from Sheffield Wednesday.”
Another player in the system that looks promising is 15 year old Robert Harker, who started against Tranmere Rovers for the u18s on Saturday and then played in the u16s 3-0 win on Sunday as well.
In the latter he scored 2 goals, including a fantastic goal from outside of the box on his weaker foot putting it into the bottom corner.
The u16s will now face Hull City in the northern final, with the winners of that clash facing Southern area champions Leyton Orient in London.
Mark says it will be a test for the lads, but it will make for an exciting game.
He said: “Their u18s are currently top of their respective league, so obviously they’re doing something right.
“It’ll be an entertaining game, and I’m sure both teams will feel like they have a strong chance of progressing to the final.”