Needham Market have unveiled new plans to expand the club’s academy during 2015.
The plan will see the club enter into partnership with Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Brantham Athletic and in the summer a new academy will open to scholars who will make up the first intake at the home of the Stour Valley-based club.
In essence the move will see Needham, who first set up their own elite player development programme in 2012, extend their academy programme to two centres, with former Colchester United stalwart and club captain Kemal Izzet, taking up the position as head coach at the Brantham Athletic centre.
Needham chairman Keith Nunn said: “The implementation of our academy has, since its conception, been identified as key to the long-term future of the club, and in its short lifetime we have seen the many benefits it brings to an ambitious non-League football club.
“We are very fortunate to have in place key stakeholders of such quality and experience, aligned to an infrastructure that enables the ccademy and our Scholars to flourish”
Commenting on the choice of Brantham Athletic as the club’s partner, Needham Market chief executive Graham Emmerson stated.
“They were our first choice for a number of reasons and this was born out in the meetings that took place between the two clubs, where there was no difficulty in identifying significant benefits and common ground on both sides.
“We very much look forward to a long, sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership.”