Webb launches development scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 June 2007 | UPDATED: 10:19 14 September 2010

Linnets' chief Keith Webb has an even longer term vision for the club with the launch of a pioneering football development scheme.

Webb will oversee the recruitment of the club's first intake of 16 to 18 year olds on a two-year course starting in September which will also offer educational opportunities through the town's College of West Anglia and KES.

Linnets' chief Keith Webb has an even longer term vision for the club with the launch of a pioneering football development scheme.

Webb will oversee the recruitment of the club's first intake of 16 to 18 year olds on a two-year course starting in September which will also offer educational opportunities through the town's College of West Anglia and KES.

Lynn's manager is looking for players of county standard and above to attend a special trials day on Saturday, June 30.

"This is something that will benefit King's Lynn for years to come," he said. "The chairman has been really keen to implement it. The first thing we want to do is get it up and running. The players will follow either educational or vocational syllabuses that fit in with the football side. The lads would be under my direct control a couple of times a week and we have various avenues from the reserves and youth sides to the national colleges' league for games. We haven't set any limit on numbers on this stage and it's open to anyone of the right age and ability from across Norfolk. There is even a possibility of putting successful candidates up in local digs."

Webb has highlighted the success of a similar model at newly promoted Conference outfit Morecambe. Academy products Danny Carlton and Gary Thompson struck the winning goals for Sammy McIlroy's side to beat Exeter in the recent Wembley play-off final.

"A lot of the players in that side came through their system," said Webb. "They've been running one for seven odd years so we are not talking about next season or even the season after. We want to encourage a really high standard that makes it attractive for players and their families to want to apply."

Prospective candidates must send a full playing and educational cv to, 'Keith Webb, Manager, King's Lynn FC, Tennyson Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5PB'.

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 25.

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