It is Ramsgate Football Club’s intention to create a youth system that will provide both the opportunities and the environment for young players to have the best chance to reach their full potential.
Ramsgate is a community club being run by experienced people who have a will and a passion to succeed, from the Chairman at the top down to the various unpaid volunteers. At Ramsgate we have a proven track record in youth football, having produced teams that have won the Kent Youth League and County and John Ullmann cups, as well as progressing to the competition proper in the FA Youth Cup on two occasions. The proper administration and pastoral care for players has also been recognised with the Club being the first in the region to be awarded the FA Charter Development Standard. In addition the Club regularly provides players to both Kent County Schools and representative teams for the Kent County Football Association.
Foy Turner, Director in charge of Youth Football, receives the FA Charter Development Standard award from Lord Pendry, Chairman of the Football Foundation, and then MP for Thanet South Dr Stephen Ladyman.
The success of the Club’s senior team over the past few years, with back-to-back promotions in the League as well as an FA Cup run that received national recognition, is a testament to the Club’s policy of developing home-grown talent. Now, as Ramsgate establishes its position in the non-League contributory pyramid, we intend to take Youth Development at the Club to a new level where it has not been before, and with our continued professional approach and the commitment of the coaching staff and young players, we are confident that this vision can be realised.
Opportunities for the more proficient players are provided through the Kent Youth League, whilst competitive football for the ’reserve’ youth squads is available through the East Kent Youth League, where all the Club’s teams play in Division 1.
Kent Youth League
East Kent Youth League
At the heart of our policy is a Player Development Programme, which ensures that the players are given the right level of coaching to reach their full potential, incorporating the latest innovations from the FA together with advice to players and parents on sports science and nutrition, Special attention is given to the Under 16s, where players move up from school football to a more serious level of play, and where there is an opportunity to play above their age group if appropriate and, hopefully, play for the senior teams.
The Club is also expanding its community programme and in addition to Saturday morning fun sessions and soccer schools during the holidays we are now carrying out coaching in schools and have set up a junior skills academy.
This provides coaching and opportunities to play football from the earliest school years progressing right through to senior football with Ramsgate’s 1st Team, or even beyond.