Following a hugely successful first season in the Cambs League, winning the League and Cup double, St Ives Town U13s (future Year9) managed by Brett Fairholm have been accepted to make the step up to The Eastern Junior Alliance (EJA) League for the 2017/18 Season. The EJA is seen as the leading youth development football league in the South East Of England and the stepping stone between the academy levels of the professional ranks and the regular youth level in all counties. Spread over 9 counties and with approximately 70 clubs and 185 teams, the EJA gives youth players the chance to progress their game to a better level on and off the pitch: With higher standards of coaching, behavior and conduct, by teaching youth players what to expect, and what will be expected of them in their future football careers.
Brett Fairholm – “Playing in the Cambs League has been a fantastic experience and The Eastern Junior Alliance is a big step for our boys, most teams that they’ll be facing next season have a large saturation of boys that have been with Professional Academies from a very young age, but we are very confident that we’ll compete and leave a good impression on the teams we face. We will be playing in the Suffolk section of the League against some very strong East Anglian teams. This time last year St Ives Town didn’t have a presence in local, boy’s youth football and to achieve what they have in such a short space of time is amazing really….As a club we hope to be able to provide a standard of football for the boys in St Ives and the surrounding area that cannot be matched by other clubs. Playing consistently at the highest level will not only benefit the boys themselves but no doubt over a period of time, the club too. It will help create a seamless link between the Youth Teams, The Football Educational Program, currently headed by Jack Cassidy and our 1st Team Managed by Ricky Marheineke.
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