Thorpe ap­pointed to head up academy coach­ing set-up

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

» 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.

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