Rovers revamp youth set-up

22 January 2009 11:28
Bristol Rovers have confirmed that the club is to return to a traditional scholarship system in a makeover of their youth set-up. Football League pressure has seen the club bring their youngsters back to within their training facilities, rather than preparing them at a local college. For the last five years, Rovers' 16-18-year-old players have been put through their paces by staff of Filton College, rather than their own employees. A club statement read: "The move aims to bring the club back into line with Football League rules which ask for a greater investment in youth football. "It will bring the youth set up closer to the first team but with its own Football Club-employed staff." The Football League give the club around £150,000 each year dedicated towards youth team proceedings. Seventeen of the club's youngsters have graduated through the ranks during the previous scheme at Filton, including current first-teamers Chris Lines, Sean Rigg and Mike Green.

Source: ESA