Chesterfield have announced that the club’s academy will cease operations from 30th June.
Following the club’s relegation from the EFL in 2018, the Spireites have struggled to adapt to life in the Vanarama National League. The Derbyshire side remain in the relegation zone after their first 34 games of 2019/20, but have experienced an upturn in form since the arrival of interim manager John Pemberton.
The potential withdrawal of Chesterfield’s academy has been spoken about previously, and with it now confirmed, the club explain:
“After numerous meetings in the past few weeks/months with the National and Football League authorities, along with the takeover nearing completion with the Community Trust, the board, supported by the Community Trust, have made the decision to no longer operate an academy under Category 3 status.
“In line with the withdrawal of Football League funding from next season, the academy will cease to operate on June 30, 2020.”
A plan is currently being put together for introducing a games and education programme for the following:
U19 Youth Team
- Enter the National League Games programme & FA Youth Cup
- Same pathway to first team as provided by the academy
- Education programme, studying towards BTEC Level 2 & 3
- Run in partnership with Loughborough College
U9-16 Junior Academy
- Compete in Junior Premier League
- Additional fixtures with Football League clubs
- Tournaments & tours
- Training sessions
- FA licensed coaches
- Players can still play for grassroots team