Letchworth Garden City Eagles invest in youth

PUBLISHED: 14:24 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 04 October 2017

Letchworth Garden City Eagles U18 elite squad

Letchworth Garden City Eagles U18 elite squad

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Letchworth Garden City Eagles have embarked on a new era, creating a more seamless link between youth and seniors.

The idea is to give their home grown talent opportunities at an early age within senior football – a dream of club founder Vince Paige.

Sadly Vince passed away this year but he will surely have been heartened by links forged between the youngsters and the men’s teams.

Over the last few seasons Eagles have seen Liam Huckle, and George Denman represent the reserves and first team.

Last season Archie Wilkinson, 16, played a large chunk of his season in the reserves, and captained the side – a first in the club’s history.

Club development officer Gary Williams is running a project to create a pathway for the U17/18 youths to gain exposure to senior football.

Speaking to CometSport he said: “For the first time ever we’ll see our first, reserves and U17/18s train alongside one another.

“It will create a sense of inclusion and empower the youth players to see there are plans for them.

“We’ll have a pool of talented youth players available on Saturday’s for our senior teams when required, and yet they still have the option to play Sundays in a highly competitive youth league.

“Giving exposure to senior football at a prime age is fundamental in a player’s development.

“We entrust the seniors to nurture and build-up the confidence of our youth players.

“We’ve seen this with Archie who joined the Eagles at seven years of age and went on to Luton Town Academy for a few seasons.

“It’s been great to see him transition to a more mature, experienced player, and we expect great things for him in the future.

“The plan is now to build others up in this manner and give them senior opportunities early.”

The U17 Elite would like to thank sponsors Wentworth Kitchens and Macron Store Hertfordshire for their kit.

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