Shrivenham announce that following the final round of interviews on Tuesday will see the club enter the second phase of its Youth & Development policy. Which includes a restructuring of management personnel to help promote the club’s vision of investing in our youth and ultimately creating the 'first teamers' of tomorrow.
As a result of the process, the club can confirm that former Shrivenham Youth manager Glenn Horsell, has been appointed as Joint Shrivenham Development manager and will have the task of running the day-to-day aspects the role entails and will work alongside Matthew Hampson, who will have a particular focus on the link between the Youth and Development teams and ensure that all players continue to thrive in their environments.
Matthew will also link up with Paul Whitewood, who has been appointed as the new joint Shrivenham Youth Manager to replace Glenn, as the side look to compete for a second term in the Wiltshire Senior Floodlit League.
“When I came in to this position three years ago, I said that the future of a club like this was reliant on a successful long-term Youth policy and this is the next step in those plans,” Chairman Matt Hirst said when announcing the appointments. “Our vision hasn’t altered one bit, and as we officially enter this second chapter of our plans you could already see it in operation with younger players getting involved with the First Team last season. We want to continue that ethos, and having a dedicated management team in place will help continue to develop our young players who can ensure that they progress from the youth game up to our under 18s side before they step up to our Development side and ultimately become regular players for our First Team.”
Matthew has been around the club since 1991 and has held various roles from First XI Captain to Club Secretary over the years and is a very good man manager and is incredibly well informed at this level of the game. He holds the relevant badges and will also connect closely with the Chairman in order to make sure phase two is a success.
Due to the work and personal commitments Matthew hasn’t held an official position at Barrington Park recently but still retains the experience to focus on the link between the Youth and Development teams and is certain to ensure that the set up continues to not only progress, but also builds on the success of last season.
The club can also confirm that Steve Hendry, who has played a significant part of the recent club successes on the pitch, has been appointed to the role of Head Youth Coach. Steve will work with both the Youth and Development sides at training and during games and will also support the Development Management team as well as the new U18 Management set up which has seen Paul Whitewood appointed as joint U18s Manager.
Paul has been around the club for around two decades and has become one of the most respected management minds at Barrington Park. He is a clear student of the game, and embraces ‘best practice’ in whatever he does. His resume includes managing a Vets team for five seasons at the at the tender age of 23 and he managed to gain respect from all his players. He is a very technical coach and holds excellent communication skills and isn’t shy to drill down the detail and help individual players improve.
“These are four important names who will be looking after the future success of this football club,” Hirst continued. “While our junior section is all about getting kids to enjoy playing football, for those who show promise we need to have the right process in place to help them develop and ultimately keep them at this club and the last three years have been gearing up for this. We want to nurture the right talent and with the new management set up, I think we’re on the right road to do that.”
All of the management here at the club will continue to work very closely with whoever is appointed to our First XI Management team in order to provide a successful pathway between the junior and senior games.
Development Team – Glenn Horsell, Matthew Hampson & Steve Hendry.
Shrivenham Youth – Paul Whitewood, Matthew Hampson & Steve Hendry.