Another Successful Year For Youngsters
Richie Kyle insists Blackpool's academy should be singing from the rooftops after watching a glut of youngsters progress into the first-team this season.
Youth have provided a shining light for The Seasiders this campaign, with Kyle nurturing Mark Waddington, Henry Cameron, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Dom Telford into the senior side.
The loss of bodies naturally affected Kyle's under-18s team, who finished in mid-table, but the Head of Academy Coaching remains delighted to have surpassed his pre-season aim.
“It was a successful season last year winning the league and getting Harrison (McGahey) through, so this year we tried to emulate that by getting through another one or two,” Kyle said.
“To get four is beyond our wildest dreams. The criteria is to get the lads in the first-team, so it's been a great success and a season we'll always remember for different reasons to last year.
“Losing the lads to the first-team was a difficult transition once they moved, but for the under-18s it's been another solid season.”
On Friday coaches, players and families gathered at the Academy Awards Evening to celebrate another commendable year for the all age groups, which covers players from under-9s to under-18s.
“We're really proud to get players into the senior side, it's something we should be singing from the rooftops, but we want to celebrate the success of every age group.
“We must honour all the hard work that's gone in and all the hard work the players and staff put in.
“Hopefully we'll continue to enjoy success for five, ten years, however long we're here and get that continuation into the club,” Kyle added.