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Youth System Announcement

Youth Development co-ordinators Russell Higgins and Sean Rogers are pleased to announce the current set up of youth teams playing under the AFC Liverpool banner this season.

Russ and Sean have been working on the system since March 2008 and are proud to have taken on some coaches of a very high standard. They are confident of developing players through the system who will one day be capable of playing for either AFC Liverpool Reserves or ideally the First Team.

Sean and Russ are eventually aiming to have Under 8 teams up to Under 18’s teams both based in Liverpool and on the Wirral.

There are currently 4 youth teams already representing AFC Liverpool at youth level and the details of these teams can be found below.

Unfortunately the Under 18’s that played in the North West Counties U18’s division earlier this season have withdrawn from the league due to changes in personal circumstances for the coaches involved. Plans are afoot to have a new U18’s team next season.

Under 16’s Managed by Paul McDonnell and assisted by Kev Coakley play in the Craven Minor League.

Under 13’s Managed by John Ford and assisted by Griff Jones Snr and Griff Jones Jnr.

Under 11’s (Liverpool) Managed by Steve Wallis and play in the MHJFL.

Under 11’s (Wirral) Managed by Steve Mercer and assisted by Kim Buckley and play in the Ellesmere Port League.

Sean has commented on the system by saying ‘We are delighted to have these teams on board at such an early stage in AFC Liverpool’s life. We were initially only expecting to get 2 or 3 teams created but to have 4 is thrilling for the club and illustrates the level of interest in the club already and how serious the club is by building foundations for the future.’

Russ added ‘The strength in depth with the coaches we have in place and of course the players should help secure a bright future for the club but rest assured this process has only just started and we will be strengthening the youth system further ready for next season. Watch this space!’

On top of working with AFC Liverpool Sean and Russ also work with Wirral Schoolboys U14’s and co manage Upton U16’s in the Chester and District League. They would like to reserve special thanks for Dave Innelli who has worked closely with their teams them season and will be a valuable asset for the youth set up over coming seasons as he is a specialist goalkeeping coach. 

Russ and Sean would also like to publicly take this opportunity to thank club founder Alun Parry and Mark Woods for all of their support in assisting getting the youth system off the ground. In a joint statement they said ‘Alun, Mark and the rest of the steering group showed a great deal of faith in us in giving us this opportunity in February 2008 and we hope we can deliver all we promised them over the next couple of years. The existing steering group are also extremely supportive of what we are doing and we hope we can ensure that there will be youth team players turning out for AFC Liverpool for years to come.’

We hope to have new section on the website up and running as soon as possible where you can learn more about the youth system. There will be pages set up for each age group and these will be regularly updated from now on so fans can track the progress of all the teams during the season.

If any one is interested in coaching a team at AFC Liverpool please email us at [email protected] . Next season we will be looking to add U8’s, U9’s, U10’s, U11’s, U13’s, U14’s, U15’s and U16’s boys teams.

We are also looking for a Child Welfare Officer so if anyone is interested please email us at [email protected] .

(March 5, 2009)