March 29, 2015
Blueprint for Football.
This article is based on a series of interviews with Jonathan Henderson, Bristol Rovers recently appointed Head of Academy, by Paul Grech.
This is the second part in a series of articles looking at the different roles within the Bristol Rovers academy.
“There is a lot of competition in the area. Ourselves, Bristol City, Southampton all have established programmes competing for players and more recently clubs such as Cardiff, Swansea and West Brom all running development/talent id programmes in the area,” Henderson reveals.
“However we do not see this as a threat as we feel the quality of our program is strong enough to be able to attract players of the desired standard. Yes some players (and parents) will be attracted by the badge of a ‘bigger’ club but that does not ensure quality of the product they are providing.”
“I would back ourselves that players coming in on trial will enjoy what we do, find it productive and beneficial for their development and see the quality we can offer is of a high level to convince them to commit to us. If anything the competition drives us and ensures we maintain high standards because if we don’t, then we would suffer as a result.”
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This is the second part in a series of articles looking at the different roles within the Bristol Rovers academy, the first part of which can be read here.
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