Starting in 2017/18 season will be the new WUBHC U18’s squad. We are looking to develop an U18 squad providing a platform for this age group to compete against both local and national opposition, and through a structured training program in line with the club’s 1st XI, will provide a pathway and opportunity for players to make the step up to gain selection for the 1st and 2nd XI senior men’s teams.
Ben Rogers, our newly appointed 1st XI coach, will run the coaching program for the U18s, and the U16 / colts will continue to be run by Joe Thomas. It is our aim to establish a framework whereby the U18 squad’s training program and individual player development is coordinated under the same format and structure that we are now implementing at 1st XI level to allow for a more seamless integration of our talented younger players into the 1st XI and other senior men’s teams. This will involve the development of both technical skills and tactical knowledge on both an individual and group level.
Whilst the emphasis here is on enhancing performance and developing the talent of our younger players, we also acknowledge the game is about having fun and enjoyment, something that has always been a priority at WUBHC. There is no reason why we can’t achieve both!