Chesterfield will field a newly rebranded ‘Shadow Squad’ against some of the area’s top non-league clubs in league competition next season.
After confirming they would enter a reserve team in the Final Third Development League next season, the Spireites have announced a Shadow Squad will compete in the HKL North Midlands Development League next season.
A Sheffield United team will also compete, alongside AFC Mansfield, Sheffield FC, Ilkeston and Staveley MW, who will all field U21 sides.
Chesterfield head of academy recruitment Liam Sutcliffe said: “The side will primarily be made up of members of our Under 18 shadow squad, but some young professionals might be involved on occasions.
“The league will provide extra games at a competitive level and challenge the youngsters on a weekly basis, which will aid their development as players.”
The young Spireites team will play at Staveley MW’s home at Inkersall Road, predominantly on Monday evenings.
Staveley chairman Terry Damms said: “It’s a well-run league with some excellent teams and Chesterfield’s inclusion will improve it further.
“It will also provide Chesterfield with first-hand opportunities to see if there is another local non-league gem out there.”