Coleman603, I have to say I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I am sure that the COE was the envoy of many of the other 71 league clubs. From my experience the setup was first class with coaches working together across all age ranges to instill the same ethos in all the young players, coaching then to make the right decisions, giving them the confidence to believe in their ability. Along with the backup of top notch medical and psychological staff. The COE was structured not just to provide excellent technical coaching but to deal with all aspects of a player`s development and encompass the 3 key factors being the player, the parent and the club. This professional setup must have taken years to get to through a lot of hard work and dedication and would not have been easy. I feel that the fruits of this labour would have blossomed over the coming years and certainly at under 9 and 10 level some of the talent was exceptional. But this is now lost and, if resurrected, would take years and years to replicate. The reputation of the COE would have had boys signing for WWFC rather that other clubs in their catchment area and without it we won`t pick up those rough diamonds that are released from other clubs at 13, 14, 15 etc. The quality of COE setup would have given these players the chance to shine. Time will tell if the right decision has been made. Others clubs may follow but they may not have the fantastic COE we had. For me the suits have knocked an easy 300k off the balance sheet.
I can only speak about the U9's and 10's, but actually there were quite a few local lads and they had a particularly exciting crop of talent. The U9's were virtually unbeaten and made many academy... more
Re: Re: you think that's convincing Nutty Boy,Mon Jun 11 13:38
None of us can claim Frank Adams would have be mortified about a decision made over 30 years after his sad passing. The reaction to the decision to close the C of E show it was far from an easy... more
I agree that we can't speculate on other's take on this decision, especially the deceased, but I would've hoped that most people would have been mortified. Sadly I don't elicit any sense that this is ... more