High Hopes for Hampton
HIGH HOPES FOR HAMPTON
Following the exciting news recently of the new Board of Directors at Winchester City FC, the club can this week announce that England Schools FA Under 18s Assistant Manager, Luke Hampton (pictured below), has taken over as Manager of the newly-formed Under-23 Development side and will provide the link between the youth set up and the first team, writes Matt Richbell.
Hampton, who is Director of PE & Sport at Barton Peveril College, joins the club along with several other new members of the clubs' youth set-up, who will be involved with the clubs' two Under-18s sides.
The formation of youth football at the club now sees a pathway from 5 years old through to U-16s, U-18s and an U-23s team as well as, of course, the First-Team. The emphasis that has been placed on youth within the club signals the clubs' desire to develop young talent and to enhance the clubs' grounding within the local community. Moving forward, the key is to develop and activate partnerships across the local community and use football as a vehicle for positive engagement.
Luke Hampton joining the club signals the clubs' intentions of player development for the future and also it gives players a clear pathway towards the first-team through the youth sides and U-23s.
First team Manager, Craig Davis, has said of the developments at the club; “We are delighted to have someone with Luke's experience join the team. Youth development is at the absolute forefront of everything that we do. I am extremely proud of the fact that last season we had no less than 18 players under the age of 18 who featured in first-team fixtures, that is absolutely unheard of in clubs playing at our level. This also says a lot about the great group of players we have and the environment they create to support the youth players”