The U21's begin their preparations for the new season by opening their doors to welcome in trialist's as they look to put together their squad for the new season.
The first trial will take place on Thursday 20th June at 7.15pm and continue the following three Thursdays. This is an open trial and players that are connected with other midweek youth teams and full time football courses that don’t offer Saturday football are welcome to attend.
The U21's have enjoyed much success in recent years finishing runners up and title champions respectively in the Midland Football U21 East League. Manager Dave Cook points out that development is always the number one aim, Our success in recent seasons certainly helps us to attract players, he added ‘we like to think we coach lads to play the right way, with the ball on the floor and when you have one of the best footballing facilities in the area why wouldn't you, combine the football with great coaching staff, it’s no wonder we have enjoyed success over recent seasons’.
‘A good number of our players have been picked up by numerous local non-league clubs and this gives us a healthy turnover of players from season to season. It shows we are doing the right things and progressing players and this is highly attractive to new players coming in as it shows there is a good chance their time with us, will more than likely lead to something’.
Cook continued ‘that with a number of youth teams in the area, some offering full time education courses, his Saturday team is all about attracting the best from these teams and giving them the bridge into the semi pro-game and hopefully here at Bedworth. Last season the first team manager gave numerous members of our U21 squad opportunities and some have now progressed to be full first team players and if players don't progress into our first team those opportunities will have certainly enhanced their chances for progressing elsewhere. The U21 league is now growing year on year and it is a very good standard’.
The coaching team includes Assistant Manager Darren Horne who was close to making it with Manchester Utd had it not been for a career ending injury. Also supporting the squad is Fitness Coach Alun Sweeney who ensures the lads are in tip top shape every week. FA Level 2 Goalkeeper Coach Brin Mills trains both first team and U21 keepers.
Updated 21:14 - 13 Jun 2019 by David Cook