Photo: Julian Read, Neil Van Holland, Jack Warnock and Nathan Banks (right to left)
Sporting 87’s Under 18 team will head into the 2018/2019 season with a new coaching team in place as they look to consolidate on the Club’s best ever finish in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League. The coaching team has grown for the season ahead with Julian Read now having the assistance of Neil Van Holland, Nathan Banks and Jack Warnock, allowing Sporting 87 first team manager Jon Warnock to concentrate on the first team while maintaining oversight of those players progressing on their journey towards adult football.
Van Holland has returned to coaching having previously coached at Reading FC’s community programme in the early 2000s, and Nathan Banks has been leading Sporting 87’s community presence, is a Club Academy PDC coach and was first team Player of the Year for the 2017/18 season.
Jack Warnock has already begun leading the team through the first phase of pre-season, utilising his coaching and sports science qualifications to increase the players’ base levels of strength, agility, and cardio capacity.
There are still some places in the squad available and anyone wishing to get involved should make contact via the Club at Admin@Sporting87.co.uk or call 07983 223723.
Van Holland stated: “Having started working with the team in the new year I see a lot of potential, and am excited to have a full pre-season working with Julian and the team. We know we will be playing against some good opposition, but we are confident in the continued growth of the team.”
Sporting 87’s Football Development Director and First Team Manager, Jon Warnock, said: “I am delighted with the team of coaches we have looking after the Thurlow Nunn U18 side. It is very pleasing that we have a number players progressing on the pathway into the senior teams from our Aspire sessions, and then into the adult session from our U18 Thurlow Nunn team. Over half the players in the adult teams played for a Sporting youth team, which is something we are very proud about, and the Thurlow Nunn team are an important part of that.”
Sporting 87 Background
Sporting 87, formed in 1987 and based in Bury St Edmunds at the Victory Ground, started in the Bury and District League. The Club is now an FA Chartered Community Club comprising 30 youth teams and 3 adult teams all now playing in the Touchline SIL, with the first team in Division 1. The u18 team play at AFC Sudbury’s Wardale Williams stadium on the 3G Astro turf pitch.
In 2016 the Club was awarded the Suffolk FA Charter Community Club of the year. The Club has over 350 youngsters playing in the 30 teams from u8 to u18. The Club also runs sessions for players from 5 years old. The club has a good record of progressing young players into adult football. As a Nike partner club, all teams play in the Sporting Nike kit.