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Junior Academy update: Gary Townsend

Usually at this time of year, the personal characteristics sought for future young BEARS has been sent out to schools and clubs, to assist coaches/teachers in identifying U13s to join the Bears Junior Academy Aspire programme.

The disruption to the season has resulted in minimal opportunity for coaches & teachers to assess the development of players physical, social, emotional capabilities and gauge their current (with the stress on current) suitability for the BEARS.

Given that the development of boys at this age is so variable it would not be fair, or beneficial to coaches or boys, to request nominations at this point.

Should there be opportunity to deliver BEARS sessions in the summer, the focus will be on those current U14/U15 boys already in the programme and who have missed a whole year of development.

With all of that in mind, and dependent on the on-going challenges of the pandemic, the intention would be to have a small entry point for U14s at October half-term, and another concerted entry nearer Christmas. This will enable teachers, coaches and players time to better assess individual development, confidence and ability over the period.

Details of the above will be sent in September, pending the commencement of the 2021/22 season.

Thank you for your support and patience, and for your continued enthusiasm, passion and contribution to the development of young people.


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