The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

WY­COMBE Wan­der­ers have an­nounced plans to re-launch their youth academy.

The Chair­boys closed the pre­vi­ous youth scheme in 2012 and are cur­rently one of only two Foot­ball League clubs with­out any youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

How­ever, they now hope to cre­ate a Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Phase (PDP) scheme for play­ers un­der 21, and chair­man An­drew Howard praised man­ager Gareth Ainsworth and his staff for their ef­forts this sea­son with­out youth play­ers avail­able.

“[They] have done an out­stand­ing job work­ing with the small­est squad in the Foot­ball League and have rightly re­ceived plau­dits from other clubs on the progress that young play­ers have made un­der their tute­lage,” said Howard.

The club’s for­mer academy pro­duced Premier League per­form­ers such as Jor­don Ibe and Matt Phillips.

Ainsworth’s side are fifth in League Two, de­spite hav­ing only 18 full-time play­ers.

The club even had to re­cently play goal­keep­ing coach Barry Richard­son, 46, be­tween the posts.

PRAISE: Gareth Ainsworth

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