We are delighted to announce the permanent appointment of Callum Lester as the Academy’s Professional Development Phase Coach. Since the club's return to the English Football League, Callum has balanced the duties of both Professional Development Coach and Youth Development Phase Lead.
Upon being appointed on a permanent basis Callum commented: “ I am delighted to get this opportunity and can not wait to get started on the new challenge ahead. We have some really talented players, who I am looking forward to helping develop to the highest level.“ Callum will assist Academy Manager Neil Woods in the day-to-day training, games programme and development of the club’s under 18 players.
Academy Manager Neil Woods added: “Callum has done an excellent job over the last 12 months juggling the commitment of both the YDP (Youth Development Phase) and PDP (Professional Development Phase). Having had the opportunity to work alongside Callum with the under 18’s throughout the season this just felt like the right progression and a good fit for both Callum and the Academy.
Callum has extensive experience of working in a number academy programs both in England and abroad, he holds the UEFA A License, and is currently working towards his Advanced Youth Award.
Lester begins the role with immediate effect.