The club has been busy behind the scenes over the past few weeks with lots of projects being undertaken to improve the club in many ways. One of the biggest and most exciting changes has come with the introduction of a new Youth Development Plan combined with a new chairman to drive the club forward.

Over the years, the GYTFC Youth section has run largely separately to the main club, but outgoing Youth Chairman Mark Jones has worked hard over the past few years to improve the links and with the introduction of the new Development plan the future looks very positive. Current first team manager Rob McCombe recently led a working group including club treasurer and first team coach Greg Dimsey, club welfare officer Jon Stickley and outgoing chairman, Mark Jones. The group put together a plan & their proposed development plan was unanimously supported in a recent Special General Meeting which was set up to agree on the future direction of the youth set up, along with voting in a new Chairman as part of the plan.

Mark Jones has served the club fantastically, but outlined his plans to take a break from the game and step down several months ago. He has been a fantastic servant to the club and will continue to keep involved over time, but is looking forward to a much needed break. At last weekends SGM, Harry Amey was voted in to take over the Chairman’s role. Mark served an integral role in getting Harry on board, and the club is delighted to have someone of Harrys calibre leading the club at this exciting time. Harry has a wealth of local football experience, with involvement in a number of different committees and his passion and enthusiasm for the game will be a significant driving factor for the delivery of the ambitious development plans.

The Development plan was led by McCombe who introduced a similar plan at Stalham Youth here he was the chairman for 6 years, which saw the club elevated to the Charter Standard Club of the Year just 3 years later. The plan centres on 5 key focus areas.

  1. Management – Including changes to the organisational structure / links with main club / finance improvements
  2. Community – How the club links with the local community
  3. Growth & Retention – Including plans to significantly grow the youth side of the club with new teams / new Mini Bloaters sessions / Wildcat programme and more
  4. Developing Better Players: Embracing a commitment to invest in our coaches within the club / Focused professional development / support for coaches / positional specific sessions and more
  5. Facilities – To ensure we can offer the best possible facilities to all out players.

McCombe stated “Its was vital to get someone like Harry on board to drive the plan forward, couple this with the improved relationship and role of the main club supporting the youth section alongside this plan, we are confident we will see some really positive outcomes in the coming months and years. We also need to thank the main club committee for their forward thinking and commitment to invest in the development of our youth section in the coming months”.

Harry and Rob will now continue to work on the plan together to fine tune the plan to create a bright and positive future for the whole club moving forward..