Massey Makes the Move

Community Trust student Jack Massey has been invited on trial with the Accrington Stanley Youth Team. The coaching staff at the Accrington Stanley Football College highlighted Jack’s abilities to the Youth team management, and subsequently he was invited to train with the scholars.

Jack impressed during the session and has since been training with the Youth Team on a full-time basis for an extended trial, whilst continuing his studies with the Community Trust.

Having made an appearance for the youth team in a friendly against Preston North End last week, Jack got himself on the score sheet in a 3-2 win.

Youth Team Manager John Miles says Jack hasn’t looked out of place. “It’s not easy coming into this environment as some of the lads have been in academy football for nearly 10 years. Jack has adapted to the demands very well and we have been impressed with what we have seen so far”.

“To come in and make an impact in a game at this level is testament to Jack and his ability. He worked hard in the game, linked play well and got himself a well-deserved goal.”

            

Jack is currently in his first year of Education with Accrington Stanley Community Trust and participates in the Academy Development Squad. The Accrington Stanley Football College is a full-time college programme run by the Community Trust. Students who attend complete full-time education, equivalent to three A-levels, train three times per week and play league fixtures on Wednesdays.

“We set up our Academy Development Squad for this reason”, stated Head of Education Mark Whalley. “The programme is designed to bridge the gap between grassroots and academy football, and to potentially unearth hidden gems who may have been overlooked during their time playing local grassroots football.”

Since the inception of the Academy Development Squad, 6 players have had the opportunity to showcase their ability to Academy staff, two of whom have been offered extended trials. Head of Academy Coaching Scott Rogers believes the partnership is a valuable one. “It’s important we work closely with the Community Trust. We want to provide a platform for local youngsters to showcase their talent. Academy football can be brutal at times, and sometimes we miss out on grassroots players for one reason or another. The programme the Community Trust offer gives these players the chance to experience high quality coaching and allows us to keep an eye on their development.”

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