New academy to get up and running

The new Hastings United FC & ARK William Parker under-19 football academy will begin training next weekend
The new Hastings United FC & ARK William Parker under-19 football academy will begin training next weekend
  • New Hastings United/William Parker academy set to begin training
  • First session at William Parker on Saturday July 4 (10am)
  • Team will play in Conference Youth Alliance League
  • Supporters’ club AGM next Wednesday night

The Hastings United ARK William Parker U19 academy will commence pre-season training at the William Parker site on Saturday July 4 from 10am.

The all-new team will compete in the Conference Youth Alliance League against clubs like Fulham, AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham and Dover Athletic during the coming season.

A spokesman for the academy said: “The link between the two organisations is a major step forward for football development in the community, and gives students from William Parker a fantastic opportunity to train three times a week and play U19 football at a very competitive standard at The Pilot Field while taking their A-Level and B-Tech courses, as well as coaching and refereeing qualifications.”

It is expected that the majority of the squad will be made up of William Parker students, however any players aged 18 on August 31, 2015 will be considered for selection for the squad.

Interested players should email or call/text 07782282178 for further details. Regular updates will be provided on the team’s twitter feed @HUFCFA.

* THE Hastings United Supporters’ Club will also hold its AGM in The Pilot Field boardroom on Wednesday from 8pm.

A new secretary and treasurer are needed, and anyone interested in either position or in joining the committee should email or call 07805 085422.

All supporters are welcome to attend and speak, but only supporters’ club members can vote, so please bring your membership card.

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