Cambuslang Rangers Youth Academy is already enjoying huge success with no less than five players already progressing through their system.
After being picked up by Lanarkshire football stalwarts Stevie Owens and John Sneddon last year, players Jay Letham, Marc McQuade, Shay Livingston and Anthony Hampson have all followed the Academy route to first-team status this season.
Likewise, Cammy McIntyre from the club’s 2005 squad has also stepped up to play with his U20 side in recent weeks.
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Previously, Scott Williamson, Jay Nelson, Jamie Prete, Ben Richford, Tony Hampson and Lewis Slivinski have all joined the Academy’s first Camby team.
Now, with even more young talent emerging within their 05, 06, 2010, 11, 16 and U20s, Owens and Sneddon are keen to help a plethora of Lanarkshire talent progress on their football journey – something they believe is not readily available at other clubs.
Stevie told Lanarkshire Live: “Me and John having taken over the Academy just a few months ago, we have now had the chance to see the best way forward for all.
“For the 22/23 season, we have already confirmed our new coaching staff to take on the U20, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2016 squads.
“All of these age groups are confirmed for the new season and we are pushing for an upcoming 2009 group which will hopefully materialize for the start of the next campaign.
“There’s so much talent out there on our doorstep in Lanarkshire, guys who play for teams for years and years with no real progression, but here we’re constantly monitoring and evolving and talking to our coaches to see who is ready to take the next step with their football.
“We really offer a fantastic path for young players and our coaching is second to none.”
As the season begins to wind down with only a handful of games remaining for each of the Academy teams, the end of the season will allow Stevie to find some enthusiastic new coaches who are ready to join some of their new groups. age and advance their teams.
Stevie added; “As well as looking for new coaches for our latest age groups that we are setting up, we are also looking to have a girls/ladies football team within our academy and would like to speak to any coaches who would be interested in joining us. help with this.”
Next up for Camby is the hope of earning the SFA seal of approval with a mark of quality for their Academy and of course making their dream come true of setting up an astro field surface on their home ground of Somervell Park a huge reality.
Stevie added; “Having an Astro at Somerville Park would be huge not only for the Cambuslang Rangers first team and our Youth Academy players, but also for other clubs in the community.
“After we install our new Academy age brackets, we will then focus on making this our mission. It’s fair to say that all is well at Camby.”
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