Young at heart

Eyes on the future: Byfield Road, home of Woodford United, where club officials are keen to further develop their youth potential at the club
Eyes on the future: Byfield Road, home of Woodford United, where club officials are keen to further develop their youth potential at the club
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WOODFORD United have pledged their future to giving young players with promise the chance to step up to the first team.

“We believe we are the only club in the area that not only believes youth is the future but are brave enough to try it,” said club chairman Andy Worrall.

“The Boxing Day victory over our local rivals [Daventry Town], rounded of the half way mark to our season nicely – a good performance and a deserved victory.

“If we can sustain that performance level into the new year, then maybe we could finish well in the top half again, which would be another excellent season for Woodford.

“Another significant step has been made by Pete Harris, our head of youth development.”

Worrall is particularly impressed with the progress made by several of the young players who have progressed up the ranks to the first team.

“With six of the young players being given the opportunity to step up to the first team so far this season, and not looking out of place, the future looks bright.

“Any young player who is looking to develop into senior football, then we believe Woodford has everything in place to help make that step.”

Worrall is confident that Harris can continue to develop the club’s impressive U18s youth structure which will help them move forward in the future.