Date: 16th May 2014 at 9:52am
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Birmingham City Football Club have established a new Academy Grassroots Association, the plan is for the club to improve links with grassroots football and included coaching help for the clubs involved.

The association is made up of seven clubs; Stourbridge FC; Santiago Colts FC; Studley Juniors FC; Cadbury Athletic FC; Wythall Juniors FC; PS Olympic FC and Robbo`s Soccer School. The wording on the site also suggests that there will be more teams added should there be some success.

Birmingham will now seek to support the coaching of the players at the clubs and also offering routes of progression to the academy in the form of trials and training sessions; should any players be deemed good enough.

It appears that the club is really opening up its doors to young players but at the same time providing itself with a real first hurdle filter.

Not only is the club benefiting but the local community as well. The FA grassroots report found there is a significant shortage of professional coaches teaching the younger players in the country and this certainly will improve that. I’m not saying the club will be making these coaches professional but they are certainly improving their skills.

Birmingham are set to end their budget problems this summer, but a developing youth side can only improve the future of the first team. Producing talent instead of transfer fees has allowed clubs Arsenal and Bayern Munich to become some of the biggest clubs in the world.

This is a testament to the way the club is run at staff level, don’t you agree?

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