The club is delighted to be re-launching an U21's team for next season after a successfully piloting the idea a year ago.
This team will benefit the club significantly: providing a vital pathway and genuine opportunity for players with the right talent and application to progress through the Youth teams into our first team.
The U21's will be run by Scott Chalmer-Stevens (Gillingham FC U21's goalkeeper coach, former Watford FC and Rushden & Diamonds FC player and Director of Pro Soccer Academy), Adam Birchall (Arsenal FC academy coach, former Arsenal FC, Gillingham FC and Welsh U21's player, currently a player at Bromley and Head Coach of Pro Soccer Academy) and Craig Smith (Gillingham FC academy coach, previously a football freestyler, currently a National Futsal and Margate FC player and Director of Pro Soccer Academy).
The first team manager, Micky Collins, said "Since I took over as first team manager in May 2014 one of our main aims has been to integrate the first team and youth section thus creating a pathway from mini-soccer right the way through to senior football."
"We have started to achieve this, albeit in a diluted way, with several U16's players featuring in the first team squad this season. However, an U21's team will ensure this process is smoother and ultimately more successful for all involved - with players being exposed to the physicalty and tempo of senior football. It will, perhaps for the first time in the club's history, enable us to really nurture the talent within our club."
"Finally, an U21's team also benefits the first team more directly by enabling us to give game time to players coming back from injury whilst still playing for the club. Currently, we have to look at other local clubs to provide this for us."
Pro Soccer Academy Director, Scott Chalmers-Stevens, said "I'm very excited to be working with Sevenoaks Town FC - the partnership will provide the club's young players with a clear pathway into first team football to further their development. Micky believes strongly in giving young players a chance and has already signed three players from the club's Kent Youth League U16's side this season."
The club announced earlier this season that it was forming a partnership with Pro Soccer Academy and Wrotham School to offer educational scholarships, which will work closely with the club's U21's team next season.
Pro Soccer Academy are the leading football scholarship provider in Kent with over 120 players training full time across their four programmes offering players the chance to combine full-time football training with further education and the opprortunity to gain coaching qualifications.
Further details to follow regarding the U21's Open Days will be released shortly.