Dorking FC have revealed that respected local coach Nick Torpey has joined the club as Head of Youth Development.
Nick will lead a new-look youth set-up, combining the Dorking and Dorking Wanderers U18s into a single, unified squad for the town, run by the Chicks as part of the new Dorking Football Development Alliance.
With a UEFA B qualification, Nick Torpey is a popular figure on the local football scene in both youth and senior football. As a coach, Nick is familiar to many of the grassroots youth clubs in and around Dorking – including Dorkinians, Brockham Badgers, Holmbury Wolves and St Paul’s Panthers – where he has encouraged and developed many young players, passing on his knowledge of the game with his trademark enthusiastic and positive style.
He is also well known to supporters of Dorking FC as a long-serving player with more than 300 appearances over ten years from 1996.
Chief Executive Jason Rabbetts says, “Nick Torpey has huge ability as a coach developing young players and his knowledge of youth football in Mole Valley is second to none. We’re really fortunate to have him return to the club as we push on with our vision of getting a conveyor belt of local players coming into the first team to represent their town, and creating a powerhouse of football development in Dorking in our progressive alliance with Wanderers.”
In the new role of Head of Youth Development, Nick will be renewing his partnership with another Dorking legend, Steve Lunn, the all time record appearance holder, with whom he jointly managed the club for two seasons from 2002. Steve is currently Under 18s Manager, and has already successfully brought through a number of talented local young players to the first team over the past two seasons.
Nick and Steve will run a youth squad fielding teams in the prestigious Ryman Youth League, where Dorking will compete against clubs such as Woking and Sutton United, and also the Southern Youth League.
As well as the unified Under 18 set-up, run by Dorking FC as part of the Alliance, Dorking Wanderers are launching a new Academy where 16-19 year olds will combine playing football with studying for a BTEC in Sport. There may also be opportunities for some of those Academy players to join Nick and Steve’s squad in the Ryman Youth League.
Pre-season training for the Under 18s begins on Monday 27th June, with the youth team players training alongside the first team – a mark of the club’s commitment to youth development.
Nick Torpey says “This is an exciting time for me, for young talent in the town and for everyone involved in football in Dorking. With our new first team manager Danny Fox also committed to developing local players, any young players joining the U18s in Dorking, either with us or the Wanderers Academy, will know they have the best possible chance of reaching their potential and going on to have a successful career with one or other of the town’s senior clubs.”
Source: Dorking FC