Following a review of Football Operations across the club, we are delighted to announce a new strategic Partnership with Hawthorn United Football Club. The club which was established in 2017 has a fantastic ethos and philosophy that matches ours, and we share many similar values. The club was set up by current U18 Bloaters Manager Victor Holloway, and there already has been a positive cross over of players and coaches between the 2 clubs, with several players already catching the eye of 1st Team Manager Rob McCombe.

The Club has 2 sides in the Lowestoft & District league, and will provide a pathway for Great Yarmouth youth and young adult players,who are not quite ready for first team/reserve level football. Over the past few years, the club has run a ‘Development’ Side in the Great Yarmouth & District League, which has not really achieved the aims of the club, and following the disrupted Covid seasons and management changes, we decided we needed to look at better alternative pathways for our development strand.

With 2 teams in Division 1 and 2 of the Lowestoft & District league, established coaches and managers with a long -term vision and plan, the decision to combine & create an improved pathway for both clubs was relatively simple to make. The move will see players moving up the pathway to GYTFC Reserve and hopefully 1st team Football. It provides a larger local catchment area for both clubs, whilst providing suitable local exit routes at appropriate levels in excellent environments.

Bloaters Chairman Jack Jay “This is a great move for the club, with this partnership we significantly improve the player pathway at the club, extending a positive environment for young players to learn the game. The outcomes we hoped for with our Development side were clearly not being met, so its fantastic to team up with Hawthorn in order to improve the experience for players coming through the club”

Hawthorn Chairman and Director of Football, Victor Holloway had this to say “This partnership is a clear sign that our clubs strategy of development first is paying off. The rewards are not just on the pitch but off it as well as it allows us to reward talented youngsters with a clear pathway to senior football. When we started this ambitious project, never did we imagine that we would be recognised by such a prestigious club in the region but with many of our players making the step up to the Great Yarmouth and u18 sides over the last year it just made sense. This is a great testament to the incredible work our coaching teams are doing.

We look forward to continuing to play a big part in player development on both sides and working closely with our new partners to achieve further success.”

While this move will see the club lose its named ‘development’ side from the GY Borough league, the link to 2 levels of development sides is a smart move by the club to support player development and ensure an improved player pathway with a great development ethos at the heart of it.