Steve Hernandez wants create professional environment at Worksop Town academy

Former Worksop Town goalkeeper Steve Hernandez wants to create a professional environment after being appointed as the Academy’s new Head of Further Education Coaching.

Steve Hernandez playing for Handsworth at Sandy Lane . Pic by Lewis Pickersgill
Steve Hernandez playing for Handsworth at Sandy Lane . Pic by Lewis Pickersgill

Hernandez first joined Worksop on loan from Sheffield United in 2007, making 34 appearances before returning to Sandy Lane upon his release from the Blades, when he played a further 29 times.

After departing in 2009, he played for a vast number of clubs before going on to work for Doncaster Rovers as a youth team goalkeeping coach.

Hernandez stated that he is glad to be back involved with the club, explaining how his experience can benefit the academy students on the NCFE Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma Sports course.

Steve Hernandez in his coaching role at Doncaster Rovers.

“I played for the club many years ago and I enjoyed my time there; I like the atmosphere and I love Sandy Lane, so I am delighted,” said Hernandez.

“I know what the club is like, I know the fans and I know they give a huge backing; I hope they all get on board and push what we are trying to do.

“When Laurie [Griffin] proposed the opportunity, it was a no-brainer to come back and get involved. I feel I can bring in some footballing knowledge and experience to benefit the brilliant NCFE Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma in Sport course that the Academy offers.

“We need to connect the dots: we have a development programme, we have teams around us, and we can provide students with opportunities to continue playing football and continue to learn.”

Hernandez also believes in employing a professional attitude to the academy, as well as bridging the gap between the club and the community.

He continued: “We want to build bridges across the community. We want to speak to all secondary schools and there are many U16s Sunday League teams that we can offer an extra option to support their football development.

“We just want to give as much opportunity to the students as we can, linking it into the first team and the U21s because we really want a clear pathway to provide options for the students.

“We just want to bring a professional atmosphere to the college in terms of the football side, as well as the education side.”