Sunday, 28 February 2010

Youth policy pays off


The Southport Visiter has the story of Zac Aley signing for Blackburn Rovers. As the manager Liam Watson said:

“He deserves everything he gets, he is a nice kid and Haydn Preece and Allan Smart (head of youth development) deserve a lot of credit – as do the club. Not many clubs would have been willing to put a 17-year-old on contract.
Southport is the first club in the country to achieve funding from the Learning Skills Council to deliver a full time youth development 16-18 programme mirroring the Football League. It is nice to be able to say something positive about the LSC-altho I still think that it is one quango whose work can be better done by Local Authorities. Zac has left Southport with BTEC and NVQ qualifications in addition to FA coaching certificates. There is more about the scheme on the Clubs website

If Zac goes on to make Premiership appearances for Blackburn then I understand that the fee for the club will break Southport's transfer record.

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