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where has the youth gone?

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Some good points on here i have always felt it would be best to leave the young players with their clubs untill a pro club makea a commitment,

most of the comments on here are dealing with whats been going on for a decade where clubs tend to loos a few players, nothing new there

i have asked why we have lost 32,nr 16 & 18 year old teams in the past 12 months when we lost non in 2011

i personally think that players have voted with there feet and have not got the time in Summer, BUT i also understand that i may be wrong im just asking you to prove it

but i feel im dealing with politicians, i asked a very simple question, why such a MASSIVE loss the same time we went to Summer ?

over to you Longman, del capo

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Some good points on here i have always felt it would be best to leave the young players with their clubs untill a pro club makea a commitment,

most of the comments on here are dealing with whats been going on for a decade where clubs tend to loos a few players, nothing new there

i have asked why we have lost 32,nr 16 & 18 year old teams in the past 12 months when we lost non in 2011

i personally think that players have voted with there feet and have not got the time in Summer, BUT i also understand that i may be wrong im just asking you to prove it

but i feel im dealing with politicians, i asked a very simple question, why such a MASSIVE loss the same time we went to Summer ?

over to you Longman, del capo

I think the move to summer has had a detrimental effect on the 16-18 age group.

In the past the season would start in September and be more or less over by April. Now the season starts in March - and GCSE and A levels take place in May/ June - so we are starting just as revision gets heavier in schools.

Also, the season crosses the summer when a lot of youngsters leave school and get freedom for holidays with mates, choosing colleges etc and your 18 year olds are preparing for University. In the winter season, this would all happen in the close season allowing for them to settle down and get back playing. Now these important transitions are happening during the season and we wonder why teams are struggling to survive?

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That's not to say that there has necessarily been a big drop off in playing numbers as more youngsters seem to go straight into open age now.

Peters own words! Yes they did last season as teams scraped the proverbial barrel to put a team out! Just like today! That's why the youth is suffering! One word SUMMER!

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