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Youth Department are Outstanding

30 March 2015

Bury's Youth Department were recently given a Grade One after an Ofsted style inspection.

Bury Football Club are delighted to announce that our Youth Department were given a Grade One (Outstanding) review from an Ofsted style inspection done by the League Football Education (LFE).

This is an excellent achievement for all staff involved, with the inspector particularly impressed with the high level of coaching given by Ryan Kidd, Mark Litherland and their coaching staff.

A few key points of the report were: -

• Excellent pre-session briefing

• Highly effective warm-up and cool down, including provision for players’ individual practices

• Outstanding facilities and resources

• Very good attention to safeguarding

• Excellent pace and challenge to the session

• Good planning for players individual development needs

• Outstanding level of technical skill and tactical awareness demonstrated by players

The club were also praised for the amount of effort put into giving each player a high level of responsibility, so that they can work on their own learning objectives either with or without coach support.

On the report manager David Flitcroft said: “I’m proud of the youth set-up at the club, it is something we have put a lot of time and effort in over the past 18 months. 

“I am glad that all the hard work put in by everyone at the club to make our youth department the best it can be is now getting the praise it quite rightly deserves.

“This is just one of the many positive things to come out of the department over the past couple of months.”

Club Chairman, Stewart Day, has spoken of his pride that the staff have got recognition for all their hard work. 

He said: “It’s a proud moment to get formal recognition from the LFE that what we are doing here isn’t just improving the club in terms of our long term goals, but also improving the development of our young players in a positive way.”


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