ATHLETIC will launch its new academy program for young people in the new year after receiving the green light from the SFA.
After announcing that they would take over the grounds of the Public Service Sports Council (CSSC) in Rosyth to create a new training base, the club also revealed that its new youth development initiative will begin in January.
Approval for the Pars Academy to participate in the SFA Club Academy Scotland (CAS) program for 2022 was given at the recent meeting of the SFA Licensing Committee, with offers from clubs wishing to participate being made for one year. .
Indeed, the initiative should be reorganized by the SFA in the coming weeks for 2023 to 2025, but the Pars say they are “fully determined to participate in the program beyond 2022”.
Subjected to a rigorous audit by SFA staff, Dunfermline’s bid to compete at the Performance Level has met all criteria, and theirs is one of 10 Premiership and Championship clubs that will be involved.
The categories audited included the qualifications of the coaching staff; training facilities; facilities on match days; talent identification; tactical and technical plans; a player education program; child welfare and protection; development planning of the academy; provision of sports science; medical help; and correspondence analysis.
While the criteria have been met for those categories without access to the club’s new training base – which should be up and running by June – they are delighted with how this will improve the program for their academy players and their coaching staff.
Ross McArthur, President of Pars, said: “As the DAFC moves away from Fife Elite Football Academy to create its own academy, it is important that the club recognize the role that FEFA has played over the past 7 years in allowing Dunfermline Athletic to have the opportunity to continue developing young footballers The fruits of this can be seen in the presence of Matty Todd, Lewis McCann, Paul Allan and Millar Fenton in the current first team.
âThe FEFA coaches who have helped develop these players are committed to being a part of the new Dunfermline Athletic Academy which is great. I would like to pay tribute to Bill Hendry and Matt Lawson who have worked tirelessly over the past few years. weeks to ensure our candidacy for the SFA was handled with professionalism and diligence.
âIn addition, they also ensured that all players, parents and coaches were kept up to date.
“Finally, I would also like to personally thank my fellow director, Kip McBay, who has been our club’s representative on the FEFA board for the past few years and has also worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
“Bringing back our own Youth Academy is another important step in rebuilding our club for the future, and offers a common path for young footballers from the Pars Foundation, to the Academy and then finally to the first team.”
The SFA Club Academy Scotland program is run by calendar year, which means training activities will begin in early January, ahead of the games program which will start the following month.
Dunfermline Academy will lead seven teams, which are under 11 years old; less than 12 years ; less than 13 years old; less than 14 years old; less than 15 years old; under 16; and a double side under 17/18 years old.
The latter will play matches on a Friday evening, with U-11, U-13 and U-15 playing on a Saturday, and U-12, U-14 and U-16 on a Sunday.
Until the Rosyth Training Ground opens, home games will be played at South Queensferry High School (under 17/18) and Michael Woods Sports Center in Glenrothes.