MADE IN DONCASTER: Doncaster Rovers announce new player development pathway.
Doncaster Rovers are delighted to announce a new training programme, Mighty Kicks, which will provide a clear pathway and opportunity for local children to join the Club’s academy, development and foundation programmes.
The Mighty Kicks programme will be open to children aged 6-8 and will operate in partnership with Mini Kicks, the coaching organisation that specialises in providing high energy and fun training programmes for children aged between 2 and 6 years of age.
Launching on Saturday 24th May, the first Mighty Kicks session will see 60 local children given the opportunity to automatically enrol into the programme, as they graduate from Mini Kicks.
Paul Dickov, head coach at Doncaster Rovers said, “It’s important that clubs such as Doncaster Rovers keep a strong identity and part of that identity has to be having players that have come through the academy given opportunity to reach the first team.
“Over the past few years 15 players have been given professional contracts by the club, three of which, James Husband, Alex Peterson and Liam Wakefield have featured for the first team this season.”
Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers said, “Not only will the Mighty Kicks programme provide the club with a unique opportunity of identifying talented children at an early age, it will also provide exit strategies towards our development and grass roots links, ensuring children have a pathway into a level of football that suits them.
“In addition children who are part of the mini-kicks programme will automatically be invited to join our junior rovers scheme, helping to grow the next generation of supporters too.”
To register visit www.minikicks.org and click register now, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07413 712487. Also follow on Twitter @minikicks for information.