Opening of new Matlock Town ETC Hub

Chesterfield FC academy have announced the opening of a new Emerging Talent Centre Hub, in collaboration with Matlock Town FC. 

The ETC Hub will be situated at the 3G pitches at Highfields, Matlock, extending the academy’s reach, looking to focus on young and exciting players in the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District on Thursday nights.

This new Hub will give players, seven-to-15-year-olds, progression routes into semi-professional and professional football.

Academy manager Neil Cluxton said: “We are really looking forward to working with Matlock Town and the local communities.

“There are so many exciting young players in the Peak District and this will be a brilliant chance to discover some of those special talents and get them working in connection with Chesterfield FC. It is just a great opportunity for all those involved.”

Matlock Town chairman Bryn Apperley said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for footballers from Matlock and High Peak to show and improve their talents.

“There has been a void between youth and the senior set-up for too long, so I congratulate Neil [Cluxton] and Justin [Tellus] for their initiative in this.

“This could be the start of a great relationship between Chesterfield FC and Matlock Town, with numerous other ventures possible. Congratulations to all!”

Eion Grace, Matlock Town FC Juniors chairman, added: “Matlock Town Juniors are very much looking forward to working in partnership with Chesterfield FC academy on this new ETC Hub.

“There is a good deal of talented young players from Matlock and its surrounding communities, and this will give them an exciting opportunity to help develop their game, whilst still being able to play with their grassroot teams.”

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