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Club Clarify Youth Policy with Gawthorpe Update

Club Clarify Youth Policy with Gawthorpe Update

It has been announced on the Official Site that Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood have today given the go-ahead to a £2 million investment in the Clarets training facilities at Gawthorpe.

The improved training and development facilities will be for all ages, ranging from the six to eight-year-olds through to age nine and up at the Centre of Excellence and all the way through to the youth side and onto first team level.

There will be a state-of-the-art indoor facility that allows training to take place all year round together with new changing and coaching facilities for the first team, youth and Centre of Excellence.

The club are intending to submit a planning application towards the end of July concerning the proposals for Gawthorpe.

The Gawthorpe proposals also clarify the youth policy intentions at the club following concern by the fans, that statements by Brendan Flood suggested we would now only be concentrating on developing 16 year olds and above.

The club have confirmed that the actual intention was to improve the over 16s development whilst continuing with the youth development of all younger age groups.

In terms of improving the 16 year old development the club have cited their recent trip to the US as a means to achieve this.

Burnley's coaches have also been attending established centres in Toronto and Phoenix during the summer whilst we are also informed that links have been established with a centre in Poland supplementing the development centres we already have in Belfast, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

A further centre is also being proposed in North Wales.

This news will come as a great relief to many fans who were concerned that we would be abandoning the under 16 kids, something which many thought would be detrimental to the club and our future prospects. Many also thought we would be putting all our eggs in one basket if we concentrated solely on the 16 age group and over and this clearly is no longer going to happen.

As you were with significant improvements all round, well done Burnley FC!

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday June 26 2008
Time: 10:45AM

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All sounds pretty positive stuff and makes some of the kneejerk comments after Flood's statement at the time a little impatient & premature
turfmanphil
26/06/2008 10:48:00
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Glad that as been cleared up. I was a little worried after Flood's comments.
smitrit
26/06/2008 11:34:00
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I think we all were, but I always felt something would be wrong if we didnt look at below 16 to such an extent I didnt think Flood meant that. The silence was deafening though from the club, dont think they have have had an afterthought and suspect just another case of poor communication.
turfmanphil
26/06/2008 11:46:00
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