Daventry Town planning ambitious academy project

BIG PLANS - Daventry Town management team of Allan Smart and Ady Fuller
BIG PLANS - Daventry Town management team of Allan Smart and Ady Fuller

Daventry Town plan to open a football academy at Communications Park next season to coincide with chairman Iain Humphrey’s pledge to bankroll another promotion bid in the 2015-16 campaign.

The academy will form part of an expanding business portfolio for Town manager Allan Smart, whilst his assistant Ady Fuller is also expected to get involved with the local venture.

BTEC’s and NVQ’s in PE instruction are offered already at Heathrow, Crawley and Coventry with Scotsman Smart acting as a full-time lecturer.Enfield in Middlesex is also expected to be added to the list.

New Purple Army striker Gifton Noel-Williams will officiate at that one, while the proposed Daventry link would cater for three groups of 15 youngsters with one of the groups made up of girls.

As Daventry Town are also planning to add a reserve team, Under-21s, Under-18s and Ladies teams next season, there is an urgent need to carry out drainage work at Communications Park in the summer.

Cutbacks though have been the order of the day recently at the clubhouse where the popular Sunday carvery and Saturday morning breakfasts have both become things of the past.

The chairman though is never one to let the grass grow under his feet, and is confident that his changing business interests will allow him to finance a third Southern League promotion challenge in six years.

In the short term though the playing side of things does not look so rosy following three defeats and 13 goals conceded in back-to-back defeats by Royston, Barton Rovers and Potters Bar.

The 7-1 home reversal against Barton was Daventry’s heaviest since twice losing 7-0 as a UCL Division side to Ford Sports and Thrapston at the end of the 1995-96 campaign.

A quick turnover in players continues though, with suspended central defender Joe Henderson due to return from Woodford United to begin a second spell at Browns Road.

Henderson who featured in that epic FA Cup tie at Chesterfield could also be joined by two of the three King brothers, Aaron and Simon, who have both recently plied their trade at Bedford and Sileby Rangers.

Teenage goalkeeper Louis Porcell was also preferred to Ben Heath against Potters Bar having played for both Dunstable clubs within the last year or so.

On the money-making front, a three-day Daventry Music Festival is planned for the whole Staverton Sports Park area in the second week of August. Gospel and reggae bands will feature on the Sunday.

The impressario involved there is none other than former England international footballer and TV pundit Dion Dublin, himself the producer of a new cube percussion instrument known as the Dube.