16th Dec, 2018

Academy in sight for Bromsgrove Sporting

Craig Gibbons 12th Jan, 2018

CHIEFS at Bromsgrove Sporting have confirmed they have held brief discussions over launching an academy.

Assistant manager Brendan Kelly questioned chairman Mike Burke at Monday’s fans’ forum if any plans were in place to set one up.

Mr Burke confirmed there had been initial talks over the matter but stressed the option would only be considered if Sporting’s tenants Worcester City moved on at some point in the future.

“A lot of clubs have academies now and we are currently looking at our options for partnerships,” he told the Standard on Wednesday.

“With Worcester sharing at our ground we don’t want to be paying money to have an academy based elsewhere – we want it at the Victoria Ground.

“This is something we are considering for the future and I am currently in talks with a few partners but it is very early days.”

First-team boss Paul Smith said having an academy would be a huge stepping stone as the likes of local rivals Alvechurch, Redditch United and Halesowen Town ‘had very good youth set ups’.

However, he added he could not understand the reasoning of having it solely based at the Victoria Ground.

“We can have an academy based anywhere local, like the 3G pitch down at South Bromsgrove School for example,” he said.

“I just do not see why we have to wait around for Worcester City to move elsewhere.”

Smith stressed an academy should be set up as soon as possible as it would be brilliant for youngsters and would also provide an opportunity to bring in outside revenue, although he said he understood it would not happen by the ‘click of the fingers’.

“Having an academy would provide a tremendous revenue stream for the club and I hope the setting up of one happens sooner rather than later,” he added.

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