Sponsored by First Central Group, the Development Academy's Under 15 and 16 age groups are combined into one squad. They train once a week for 1 ½ hours.
They are combined as a squad to provide a joined up approach between the age groups, allowing for easy integration and continuity. It also adds competitiveness in training with players playing against an older or younger age group.
The U15’s compete for yearly for the Schoolboy Star Trophy Muratti and are currently coached by Stew Moyles, Tony Vance and Kevin Gilligan.
The U16’s compete yearly for the Nigel Gavey U16’s Muratti. They also compete in the South East Counties Championship and are currently coached by Stew Moyles, Dave Rihoy and Alex Le Prevost.
This is an important first stage for the Academy players as they come through adolescence and begin the journey towards senior football. The programme and coaching delivery is therefore geared around preparing the players for the rigours of senior football, while still continuing to help improve their skill level. And it is in these key years where more attention is given towards helping the players understand and improve their knowledge of team shape and individual responsibilities within a game situation.