Tytherington Rocks F.C. is looking to bring back its youth football division for the 2020/21 season after a five-year hiatus.
Club chairman James Everleigh explained how he wanted to bring youth football back to the club.
He said: “We want to be able to give children in the local community an opportunity to play football that could ultimately lead to them playing senior football if they stayed on through all the age groups.
“The last proper youth team at Tytherington was five years ago; last year we did run an under-18s team, but a sustained youth section has been missing from the club for a few years now.
“Ultimately we want to get to having a team from each age group from the under-6s right the way up to the under-18s, so those players will come through and they’ll move up the age groups into senior football.”
James explained that the previous youth team stopped as the result of a number of factors, chief among them being a lack of anyone keen to take on the responsibility of running and coordinating a youth section.
The plan is to give the club more longevity by attracting more potential players, as well as giving local children and teenagers the opportunity to get involved in sports.
“Obviously things are difficult at the moment with Coronavirus, but one route we’ll hopefully explore next year now will be to look at going into some primary schools in the area to provide some free coaching for the pupils.
“We definitely want to engage with people more – a lot of the people we’ve spoken to said they didn’t know about Tytherington Rocks FC or that they didn’t even know there was a club up here.”
James, who coaches in his own time on top of working a full-time job, has also been trying to mix things up by creating a ladies’ team – the first in the club’s 80-year history.
“We’d been having a really successful season up until the start of the lockdown, we were top of the league in our debut season and it looked like potentially we’d go on and win the league.
“That’s been a real success story, and since I’ve become chairman we’ve got a new board in place and plenty of driven volunteers who are keen to make the club a success both on and off the field.”
“I’ve been coaching for eight years – some of the players that are in my ladies team have come from the under-9s that I’ve coached right the way through the age groups.
“I’ve got a lot of long-term connections with these players who are part of the ladies team.”
Naturally given the situation at the moment, training isn’t going ahead, but James is still encouraging kids to register their interest.
“We’re asking any potential players or parents that are interested in registering their son or daughter to get in contact with us, and as soon as we get the green light from the government we’ll resume training.
“We’ve already been in touch with local leagues, such as the Hanham Minor League, Avon Youth League and Bristol girl’s league, to say we’re looking to get our youth teams off the ground and get them registered in those leagues.
“Hopefully we’ll make a success of it – the key thing for us with the youth teams is that the emphasis is on fun and development in a safe environment.
“All the coaches will be F.A. qualified and CRB-checked, so it’s just about giving parents the confidence that their kids are being well looked-after and that all the safeguarding and child welfare concerns are taken into account by the club as well.
“We’ve got a five-year plan for the club and this is just part of it really. Ideally the plan is to make the club the first choice for senior and youth football in the area, and that’s certainly the current aim.”
At the moment, Tytherington FC are taking interest from five years and upwards to under-18s.
James urged any boys or girls within that age range to express their interest in getting involved.
“The more interest we get, the more teams we’ll put on. If we get a lot of interest in every single age group this year then we’ll run every single age group, but we’ll have to wait and see.
“Tytherington has Hellenic-style facilities, so we’ve got a clubhouse and a positive working-style environment to welcome people into.
“Fun and development is at the forefront of what we’re trying to achieve here with youth football really.”
If your child is interested in getting involved with Tytherington FC’s youth football teams, contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07854 633501.