Worksop Town academy director delighted with progress so far

Worksop Town Academy director Laurie Griffin believes that the club’s academy is in a great position as restrictions begin to ease in the country.

By Devon Cash
Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 7:30 am
Laurie Griffin (left) and Pete Whitehead (right) during the launch of the academy. Pic by Mike Holmes.
Laurie Griffin (left) and Pete Whitehead (right) during the launch of the academy. Pic by Mike Holmes.

With the proposed June 21 end date of Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’, and several dates of restrictions being relaxed, it has allowed the Academy to plan and continue trials to prepare for the NCFE Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma Sports course, which starts in September.

Griffin explained the situation that the Academy is currently in and how things are being conducted, as the lockdown gradually lessens.

“The Academy is looking very strong,” said Griffin.

“Pre-lockdown, we were able to witness the foundation phase being embedded into the programme – so our under-8s through to our under-12s – and already I am very impressed with the players and the new coaching staff that we have brought in.

“As we come out of lockdown, we will be looking at players from 13 to 15 years of age joining the programme.

“I can already say that we have had a lot of interest in joining the programme, so I am expecting the competition to be high during our trials. I would like to extend that invitation to any age from the under-8s to the under-16s.

“If they would like to come on board and test themselves on the best-quality pitch, under high-quality coaching and the best possible environment, then Worksop Town is really the place to be.”

Griffin also expressed his excitement towards getting properly started in September, with the normality of a regular footballing season.

He continued: “It is something that we are all looking forward to, everybody has worked so hard, and this is an opportunity to say that we are hopefully in the final stretch as we move back into a regular football season.

“Hopefully, we can reach that point in September and begin this programme all guns blazing, with the academy and the further education programme in full swing.

“This is just the beginning. The sky is the limit with this programme and we really want to put Worksop on the map as having the biggest, most comprehensive and most developed mental programme in the entire country.”