RUGBY Borough will open an Academy of Football at Kilsby Lane in June later this year.
The academy will open on Wednesday, June 1 which marks another milestone for the club who started out as Rugby Town Juniors some 28 years ago.
Director of Senior Football Liam O’Neill will lead the academy, assisted by Will Grocott, Scott Dutton and Joe O’Neill.
The new academy will provide learning for 16-19 year old’s aspiring to have a career in sport and associated areas with Morthyng Group Ltd an education provider and registered charity who have a 35-year track record of success.
Liam said: “This has been a long time coming with plenty of planning involved as you’d imagine.
“We are all very much looking to finally be able to move the whole academy of football to Kilsby Lane in June.
“We quite literally are moving lock, stock and barrel from our current base, with the all staff and scholars moving directly across with us too.
“We’re very fortunate to have 10 full-time members of staff providing top education, physiotherapy, student support and of course football coaching.”
The club’s scholars will play competitively in the FA Youth Cup, MYFL Premier and Eastern Division’s. the MJPL under-19 Further Education League and the National League uner-19 Alliance – the highest level of academy football outside the Football League.
Liam added: “To now be able to provide a top class academy facility just makes our academy of football even stronger and more professional moving forward.
“Facilities alone don’t make players, but providing better facilities for our scholars to develop in, and with my strong set of coaching staff who themselves have all been full-time footballers, mixed together it will certainly enhance the development process without question.
“In my new role as Director of Senior Football at Borough we can now create a more structured pathway for our youngsters, and also make a smoother transition from the academy system into to under 21’s, to the reserves then hopefully into our first-team.
“We’ve had great success over the first four years of our academy under the Morthyng banner, and hope to go from strength to strength as Rugby Borough Academy of Football.”