Our relationship was formed in 2018 and has seen several graduates from the Academy progress to the Purps first team. Dallas Cup winners John McGrath, Tom Stevens, Jack Hazelhurst and Owen Wheeler formed the spine of the team. In 2019/20 Luke Partington and Alex Murphy stepped up to join the first team squad.
We participate in the FA Youth Cup against National League and Football League clubs giving the youngsters a chance to measure themselves against the best young players in the country.
Coach, Todd Blayney, said, “The top players we attract compete in the best youth development league In the country outside of academy football. On a weekly basis, you can see how the players are being stretched. Every game is a test physically and tactically, providing a great grounding for them to take their next steps in the game.