Dolly Blues to set up youth scheme

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LANCASTER City are to set up a youth development centre.

Chairman Mick Hoyle had already announced the club would have an under-18 side next season in a bid to make the most of talent in the Lancaster area. Now the club has launched a scheme for youngsters that will combine football with academic studies.

City’s under-18 side, which will be made up of players from the scheme, have secured a place in next season’s North West Youth Alliance, with a further team, not necessarily made up of boys from the set-up, due to play in the Lancashire Floodlit League.

Places at the centre are limited and will be decided following trials and interviews at an open evening on July 12 at 6pm at Giant Axe, with parents also welcome to attend.

Hoyle said: “We are looking to further develop football in the area and promote Lancaster City Football Club to a higher level and would like to welcome any potential candidates to apply for the course.

“It will provide a link from under-16, to the Myerscough College players, to the first team.”

For more information or an application form call Mick Hoyle on 07860 688104 or email Applicants must be aged between 16 and 18 on July 31 this year.

*City goalkeeper Martin Fearon has joined Chester. Dolly Blues boss Tony Hesketh announced the stopper was leaving Giant Axe a fortnight ago and he will be plying his trade at the Deva Stadium in the Blue Square Bet North next season. The City manager has already revealed Neil Beesley will be returning to the club next season to replace Fearon.

*The club have also announced their latest pre-season friendly. City will travel to West Lancashire Premier League side Euxton Villa on Saturday, July 21, for a 3pm kick-off.