We're delighted to confirm that after several weeks of discussions we have reached agreement to partner our youth system with Welling Youth, with their existing sides moving to play via our club from the start of 2019/20, in addition to our current youth sides and others looking to join our growing club.
Joint Statement ...
Welling Town are delighted to announce a new and exciting link up with Welling Youth that will see their numerous youth sides - currently in excess of 20 - play under the Welling Town name from 2019/20.
Kevin Oakes, Chairman said: “Welling Youth’s Louis Dean, his father Jim and many of his staff and former players are well known to me personally through all of our years of involvement either working with or supporting National League South side Welling United.
“With their separation from United a couple of years ago, there was an opportunity for a semi-professional side to work alongside them to provide a pathway for young players under their umbrella to progress to adult football.
“We believe we offer them that opportunity, and this is somewhat already proven by at least three of our first team squad in Sam Bailey, Enoch Adjei and Jack Moore having come through the Welling ranks as kids.
“With their sides playing in the SelKent and Kent Youth Leagues, as well as a number of former Bostik Development league young adults, we are excited about the opportunities that this will bring for Welling Town in the future.
“It will provide a conveyor belt of well coached, organised, motivated lads taught properly, and we look forward to allowing those who are ready to progress in to our already setup under 23s, reserves and in time the first team.
“Adding to our existing sides across adult and junior football this will take us to as many as 30 sides, and over 400 players, making us one of the largest, and certainly fastest growing, football clubs in the local area.”
Welling Youth's Louis Dean added: “We are very excited about our partnership with Welling Town Football Club.
“I have known Kevin for a number of years and in a short space of time have already seen the success he has brought to Welling Town.
“It shows the passion and drive he has for supporting local players to progress into senior football. And that is exactly and something we are striving for.
“With the work currently undertaken in our local area, this will strengthen our hold in building a community-based sports club for all to enjoy.”
Updated 20:09 - 10 Nov 2018 by Kevin Oakes