Things need to be done organically
When the owner took over the club he give us a task to grow our local community game and our academy
Our main focus has been on growing our community game which includes the Teesside area and all the way down to Catterick, all the way up to Alnwick in Northumberland.
Yarm Wolves was created 2 years ago on the back of our school delivery and it now has 120 players over u9,10,12,14 & 16’s
We are about to launch a brand new community club in the west end of Newcastle in October
In 5 years we have grown the community game from 869 players across 31 teams at 10 clubs, to 1346 players across 43 teams at 13 clubs, thats a 35% increase.
By the time the World Cup comes around we want to have added an additional team at each club, and create another new club in Teesside along with developing the woman’s and girls game, with a target of over 1,600 players in the community game.
Everything we do has to fit in with our North East Development plan for growth, if it doesn’t then we don’t do it.
From an academy point of view we are now getting players selected at international level on a yearly basis, with two of our players in tomorrow’s international youth game, Jake Anderson for England and Oscar Fisher for wales, we now have a full pathway from U14 development programmes, U16 Scholarship, U18 Academy and Reserve grade all to support our first team. And for the first team we are not only focusing on the next generation of players, we are taking a student on our academy to solely be on a match official pathway.
Keep a look out for a big bit of news that we will releasing in October about our legacy and community plans along with our ambitions as a club and where we want to get it.
But to answer the original posts question, No. Another club in the north east would be pointless, because we are the club for the whole of the region