Four months into its existence, the Emerging Talent Centre at Chesterfield FC is already producing talent for the youth system.
The ETC has recently celebrated six of its youngsters earning places in the Spireites Academy.
Stephen Hancock is the ETC manager and he believes their early progress is evidence that the scheme works.
“It’s all going really good.” he said. “We’re four month in, we’ve got around 140 players in there.
“We’ve had around 20 go up to the Academy on trial and six have signed. We’ve got six more currently on trial, and hopefully the number will grow.
“There are seven or eight in the pre-Academy programme, so it’s showing the ETC is working.
“There’s a genuine pathway for kids to go from grassroots to the Academy and youth team and hopefully the first team.
“It’s been a positive start.”
Hancock believes Chesterfield FC’s attitude to the ETC, which is run in partnership with the club’s Community Trust, is a big help.
“Academy coaches and scouts are involved with us so the players are always being watched,” he said.
“We’ve just confirmed a friendly with Manchester United and that will be a great experience for the kids.
“To be doing things properly, seeing the club take it seriously – we’ve had Matt Duke up doing goalkeeper sessions for us – it’s a real positive.”