Evo Stik Northern Premier League side Clitheroe agree partnership deal with Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
Evo Stik Northern Premier League side Clitheroe Wolves agree partnership deal with Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
As part of a new partnership with Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League club will have full use of their sports facilities including access to 3G pitches, an indoor gymnasium, physiotherapy suite and analysis suite.
Simon Haworth, blues manager, will also have access to DACA players who demonstrate the ability to progress while the club's coaches and players will also be able to develop their coaching qualifications.
Anne Barker, Clitheroe's chairman, hailed the club's new partnership after Howarth and Chris Worthington, the director of DACA's footballing academy, attended the meeting.
Barker, who collected the club's National Games Award in May as the best behaved side in Non-League last season, is also looking forward to the possibility of working more closely with FA Chartered standard Clitheroe Wolves, their town's leading junior club after disbanding their own youth team.
In a statement on the club's website, she told supporters: “This was a very timely meeting both to fine tune the working arrangements between Clitheroe FC and DACA and to correct some of the more fanciful reports which have appeared in the press. It is a very exciting, multi-faceted deal which offers key benefits, both financial and playing, to Clitheroe FC.
"However, the Board is conscious that whilst the academy model is one which is being rolled out at this level nationwide, it does not want it to be seen as a barrier to local Clitheroe talent coming through the system.
"Clitheroe Wolves has been proposing an under 18 age group team for several months now, and we would like to explore with the Clitheroe Wolves set up how the club can work closely with them in this area"