St Peter F.C. Academy and Gillingham F.C. are proud and delighted to announce that they have agreed to form an Academy Partnership Agreement to develop a relationship surrounding the development of players and coaches to the mutual benefit of both parties. To the best of our knowledge this is the first such formal agreement between a Channel Island Club and a professional Club.
The contract means that Gillingham F.C. will provide at least two coaches to deliver sessions to St Peter F.C. players and coaching staff, bi-annually for a week to ten days on each occasion. Gillingham will also send coaches to St Peter’s at various intervals to observe and offer advice on work practices at both a senior and youth level.
- Up to three St Peter Academy players will attend the Gillingham Academy for one week to train alongside reciprocal squads three to four times per year. The older players (15+) will be targeted for assessment during pre-season months, allowing opportunity for game time with the Gillingham youth squad.
- St Peter F.C. will be invited to participate in all Gillingham F.C. Academy and Community trust tournaments / festivals. Competitive fixtures between both Clubs at varying age groups will be organised at both Gillingham and on occasions, in Jersey.
- St Peter F.C. Academy coaching staff will be invited to spend time at Gillingham F.C. observing work practices at both senior and youth levels.
- St Peter F.C. has also agreed to offer Gillingham FC senior, youth squads and development squads the opportunity to use the St Peter F.C. facilities as a training camp. During such occasions Gillingham has offered to run a fun day and to include school visits.
Darren Hare Head of the Gillingham Academy said:
“Having worked with the St Peter F.C. Academy’s Under 16 squad we were favourably impressed with the standard. By working more closely with these players it gives us the opportunity to recruit players into our youth programme. The link also provides us with the opportunity to take our own young players `abroad` to experience a tour environment. Hopefully the link with St Peter F.C. will also help to create a favourable awareness and support for Gillingham F.C. through its helpful and creative association with a progressive Channel Island Club”.
St Peter F.C. Academy Chairman Brian Foulser said:
“This is fantastic opportunity for our Academy to benefit from the experience, knowledge and knowhow of a high calibre professional coaching team and a well structured Club. It will provide our young players with the opportunity to experience Elite Player Performance and to understand the standard and commitment that they will need to make if they aspire to a professional career in football. It also provides our elite players with a realistic pathway into the professional game. Our partnership with Gillingham provides our Academy including our coaching staff with a benchmark for performance plus the guidance and means to raise our standards to the highest level”.