All Together Now For Valley's Youngsters
Rugby Town FC have announced that their youth team will be incorporated into the club's academy set-up from the start of the 2019/20 season.
Town's Academy of Football was launched twelve months ago and it enjoyed considerable successes in its first year providing 48 scholars a unique BTEC football education experience from the club's Butlin Road stadium complex.
Valley's midweek Under 18's squad will now be run under this same banner and will once more take its place in the Midland Floodlit Youth League.
Academy manager Liam O'Neill was delighted with the latest development.
He said: "This is another step forward for us and will provide our young scholars with the perfect platform to develop in a full-time environment through the ranks at the club.
"There is a great pathway for the talent we have here now - from our two English Colleges FA squads into the Floodlit League youth team, through our National League Under 19's squad and then hopefully into the first team."
The youth team will be headed and coached in a full-time capacity by the Academy's Assistant Head Coach Will Grocott and its Goalkeeping Coach & Recruitment Head Scott Dutton, with another ex-Valley player Richard Blythe working alongside them in a part-time role.