Another big step forward for the club and our place in Welsh football as Druids launch a new full-time model for our academy.
Following in the footsteps of full time non league teams in England, Druids will start a new hybrid training system in June. A new scholarship program for players joining the academy aged 16-18 can start on a BTEC course with our recognised education provider, The University Centre of Sport, and train for four days a week with three games available to play. Training will follow a regime that most full time professional footballers follow and one that’s designed to develop players to their maximum potential.
All our scholars will play in the U19s and the Welsh Academies Professional Development League. Players who catch the eye of the coaches will be given the opportunity to train with the First Team and the Elite Development Squad (EDS) and continue to play full time with a view to securing a playing contract with one of our senior sides.
In addition to the BTEC course, Druids will also offer players 18-22 the chance to study on an online degree programme. These players will train four days and be available for two games each week. They will go straight into the EDS and First Team set ups to secure a playing contract.
The first team will follow a hybrid model with our graduated academy players and first team players wanting extra sessions continuing to train full-time. Then the entire squad will train together part time each week in preparation for matches in the JD Cymru North.
A big new project and really exciting time to be part of Druids as we continue to push forward. Welsh football is ever evolving and Druids want to put ourselves at the forefront of these changes to get the club back to where we belong. The system will be in line with professional clubs in England as we offer a variety of education options while developing exciting local footballers to their full potential!
For players interested in joining, email your interest and any further questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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