Boro reveal new partners in Football Development Structure

Scarborough Athletic are delighted to announce the Scarborough Football Scholarship will be taking on roles assisting with the club’s football development ambitions, while also offering new scholarship opportunities on behalf of the club.

The Scholarship, run by Steve Brennan, Ryan Blott, Denny Ingram and Lee Sutton will focus on the development of players from 16 years old to the first team and will manage a new Scarborough Athletic Under-19 side, which will open up continuity into adult football for players from all backgrounds and career paths.

The new arrangement is designed to complement the work done by Head of junior football development Nigel Carson up to the age of 16, all under the leadership of the club’s Football Development Director Paul Exley.

Paul Exley was pleased to link up with the Scarborough Football Scholarship team. He said: “Firstly it was really pleasing to have had three strong and credible applications to assist us with our development, any of which would have added value to the club, and we would like to thank all those who took the time to apply. After a detailed set of interviews, it was decided that the solution offered by Steve and his team opened up the widest pathway and choice of options to our young footballers hoping to make the step into a high standard of adult football. There is still a bit of work to do but the chance of having SAFC scholars on the Scarborough Football Scholarship without restricting opportunities for non-scholars through a new under-19 side is a great opportunity for both the club and the players.”

Scarborough Athletic Chairman Trevor Bull said: “Paul Exley works tirelessly on club matters alongside his junior commitments and can be found most days at the Flamingo Land Stadium working on one project or another as well as helping our junior coaches. This new arrangement gives him some much-needed assistance and an even greater chance of success with our youth development aspirations. I am also delighted that our vision of providing another level of football for our fans to enjoy at the Flamingo Land Stadium on a weekday evening is also a possibility through this solution.”

Steve Brennan is delighted to be back helping the Boro. He said: "We’re really pleased to help in developing the youth pathways at the club to fill the gap between junior and adult football. The Scarborough Football Scholarship combines a BTEC in Sport together with training 10 hours a week at the Flamingo Land Stadium.”

"With the expertise of ex-professionals Ryan Blott and Denny Ingram as coaches, we can help our scholars move from 16 to 18 years old to become involved with the club through the new Under-19s side to smooth the path through to the first team.”

It is hoped the new SAFC Scholars scheme and Under-19 side will be available for the 2018/19 academic intake and season.

Picture: Ryan Blott, Paul Exley, Steve Brennan and Nigel Carson line up to announce the link up between Scarborough Athletic FC and Scarborough Football Scholarship

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