Restructured academy at Chesterfield FC offers opportunities for young footballers

Academy Manager Neil Cluxton's been speaking to Peak FM about the changes within their youth system.

There are opportunities for local young footballers to join the new Chesterfield FC Youth Academy.


Following a re-structure, the academy will be operated by Chesterfield FC Community Trust and take part in a National League programme.


Youngsters who join the academy will train and play in matches while receiving full-time education.


Academy manager Neil Cluxton outlined the opportunities available for suitable players. He said: “We’re looking to build a squad of around 18 to 22 players for an Under-19 youth team. We are also looking to play in a regional Under-21 league with the scope also for some senior football on a Saturday.


“We’re going to need quite a strong squad to fulfil these fixtures and to support the first team at the same time. We’re looking to recruit locally as much as we can, so I’d urge any local footballers who think they have got what it takes to get in touch.”


You can listen to our full interview with Neil Cluxton below;



Cluxton explained that the youngsters will also be studying during their time with the academy to help them with their personal development. “Players will be in a full-time education programme so we’re working in partnership with a local training provider who are going to provide a flexible timetable that fits in and around the football training,” he said.


Applications are invited from 18-year-old players who have been released from Football League clubs as well as local players of sufficient standard who would like the opportunity of a year’s full-time football training alongside a flexible education programme, giving them the chance of progression into a full-time football club.


To qualify, you will need to be under the age of 19 on September 1. For further information, please email neilcluxton@spireitestrust.org.uk or phone Neil on 07765 972348.        

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