Stephen’s fact finding mission

Stevie Thompson pictured during his fact finding mission at Fulham
Stevie Thompson pictured during his fact finding mission at Fulham

BANBRIDGE Town Juniors Youth Development Officer Stephen Thompson recently returned from a fact finding mission to Premier League giants Fulham FC.

The Banbridge man was given an invaluable insight and a behind the scenes look at how their youth development structures operate - and how they prepare and train young soccer players for the future.

Stephen said: “Fulham have adapted the FA future plans for youth football and they don’t play 11-a-side matches until they reach Under-14 level.

“The London club focuses on technical ability from the ages of 6 to12, and they expect players to have their first touch perfected by that age.”

He added: “It’s very much a family club and I spent time watching several coaching sessions and matches and then I was invited to take a tour of Craven Cottage. I was really impressed with the whole set up.

“I hope to pass on all the information and underage development stratagies I recieved to the players, coaches and managers at our club - Banbridge Town Juniors.”