Thorpe appointed to head up academy coaching set-up
» CHELTENHAM Town have appointed Ross Thorpe as their new head of academy coaching.
The Uefa A Licence holder replaces Aaron Downes in the role following his departure to take up the assistant manager’s role at National League South club Torquay United in December.
Thorpe, who is from Birmingham, has worked as a scout at Solihull Moors and spent time at Chester as assistant to manager Marcus Bignot.
He has also managed Solihull Moors’ Ladies team and been number two at Birmingham City Ladies, along with a spell coaching the Nottingham Trent University women’s team.
Thorpe’s role, according to Cheltenham’s job advertisement is: “To establish a sustainable system and approach to coach development within the academy in line with the club’s philosophy, culture and values, and todevelop coaches so that they improve and perform to the best of their potential and subsequently maximise the potential of the players that they work with.”
Cheltenham’s Category Three academy is managed by Antoine Thompson and the Under-18s team is led by Pete Haynes.
Recent players to progress into the professional ranks include George Lloyd, Josh Thomas, Jordan Lymn and Matt Bower.