Ramsgate FC Club Update - New Contracts and Improved Pathways Created for Young Players
Before we provide an update, it’s important to thank the community for it’s fantastic support with £2,500 so far donated via our GoFund me page. These funds will be critical in helping to finance the club over the upcoming months.
Although the world is seemingly standing still at the moment it’s never been busier at the club with many of our key staff furloughed from work and volunteering almost full time for the club. Our First team manager Matt Longhurst and assistant Les Cleevely have been working with our coaches to create a new youth structure and philosophy at the club.
Manager Matt Longhurst said, “this is basically an opportunity to challenge the elite players and coaches at the club to test themselves at the highest level possible. Many pro clubs loan teenagers out to teams at our level to identify whether they are good enough to sign pro forms and we want to create an opportunity for players of this age group in Thanet to break into the first team.”
“This new set up provides this pathway. I’ve a long history of playing youngsters at this level and that will only continue. If they are good enough then they will play.”
We are delighted to announce that Matt, Les and First team coach Liam Taylor are demonstrating their commitment to the project by signing two-year contracts at the club. The new set up will include a Friday night development center for our most talented kids and a youth panel committee to select our Kent league sides. Matt, Les and a yet to be appointed Youth Liaison officer will comprise this panel and run the development nights with first team players and coaches from the relevant age groups.
Assistant manager Les Cleevely said, “I’ve been involved in football for many years and I’m excited by the direction that the club is taking. I’d genuinely like to leave a legacy of an improvement in the quality of coaching and footballing opportunities afforded to young players in Thanet.”
“I have some fantastic links that provide opportunities for European tours for kids of all ages and the club will be running with these."
The restructuring goes further with many of our Kent league under fifteens stepping up to play under eighteen football. The club has applications lodged for our older year eighteen’s to play on Thursday nights under the lights at Southwood in the Isthmian league.
In turn this will enable the group to play for our new side on a Saturday in a league to be announced as soon as the formalities are complete. This side will supersede last years under 23’s and will enable our best teenagers to play men’s football at Southwood giving them the greater opportunity to break into the first team.
We are delighted to have been able to spend this difficult time creating a clear pathway to the first team and beyond for all of our youngsters from the ages of seven up.