Mason discusses an exciting future for our U23s programme….
By Luke Thompson - 28/02/2018
Posted 3 weeks ago
New U23s Head Coach Scott Mason is excited about what is ahead for his team following a recent set of trials.
Mason was delighted with the quality of the players attending the trials, and looks forward to continuing to get his teeth into an exciting future project for the club.
As with all areas of the club, the U23s programme is one that the club are looking to progress as much as possible in the upcoming years.
The programme is run in conjunction with University of Worcester, with players training full time whilst also obtaining a degree, representing a unique opportunity to combine football with higher education.
Mason commented: “We are looking for players that have come out of academies aged 19-23.
“That’s the age group that we’re looking to attract so that we can get the next level of players.
“With our programme, players don’t get to 19 and think ‘that’s it for football,’ we want to bridge that gap between academy football and the first team.
“There has been a set of trials already where we had 18 players which was great.
“The quality at those trials was what we were looking for and what we’re looking to attract next year.” Scott Mason
“The quality at those trials was what we were looking for and what we’re looking to attract next year.”
Mason originally joined the club a decade ago as assistant kitman, and said: “I saw the job advertised on the club website, but I didn’t think that I would get it!
“It was great that I got that job as I was a Harriers fan at the time, I always have been and always will be.
More recently, the club has supported his pathway into coaching, with Mason gaining currently holds a UEFA B license. He has now coached various different age groups under the Harriers umbrella.
“I have worked with the Academy and have been for about eight years now since it started which has been fantastic, and this has led to me becoming the U23s Head Coach,” Mason added.
“I also came in as the U15s coach about a year ago.
“I was given the opportunity to coach a team that I could make a change to, and I’ve carried on with that team to now coach the U16s.”
View the full interview exclusively on the Harriers Academy YouTube Channel.
If you’re interested in being part of our U23s programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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