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KSports Youth FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Hare as a part-time Youth Development Consultant.

The Kent FA Charter Standard Club of the Year has made the impressive appointment as part of a strategy to support development plans for the player pathway structure at one of Kent’s most exciting new sport venues.

Darren will support the great work already going on across all the age groups, with a view to developing a transparent player pathway for all participants involved with the club. Darren will also utilise his expertise as a FA Tutor to help develop and support the club’s pool of voluntary coaches.

With ambitions to create opportunity for current players, as well as future, KSports Youth FC recognised the need to expand its provision and welcome the experience and advice on youth development that Darren has to offer.

Following his appointment, Darren said, “I’m excited to be involved with K Sports Youth and impressed by the passion shown by all concerned in the management of the club. The senior section is also doing very well at present and I am going to try and offer my experience to all involved in the youth section to help those players aspire to be first team players of the future.”

“This will mean creating working relationships between the first team and youth sections and setting out plans to fast track our better young players whilst providing opportunities for all abilities to reach their potential.”

“The facilities here are magnificent and if I was a young player I would be excited about the prospect of being involved with the club, especially with the opportunities now available for post 16 education and training besides the potential the senior section is displaying at present.’

Darren, a UEFA A Licence coach for 29 years, with 16 of those in the professional game is also a Licensed FA Coach Developer and will be available a couple of nights a week to support coaches with their training and player development. Darren will also be on hand to provide practical support on Sunday games alongside leading the clubs’ CPD program in conjunction with FA mentor Terry Donovan.

Darren added ‘I’ve always looked at the potential of being involved more with the youth section and linking what I do with KSports Soccer, but time constraints around work made it difficult to commit.”

“However, now I have kind sponsorship from Paul Thomas, CEO of Synecore ltd, I can devote meaningful time to this challenge. Improvements won’t happen overnight, it’s going to take some time but the environment and the intention is there in. I’m very excited to be involved’.

John Roberts, Operations Director at Genco Construction Services was delighted with the news and believes it marks an exciting chapter for the club.

“It’s fantastic news to secure the appointment of Darren and yet another positive move by the football club. There’s very exciting times ahead!”

Darren has already begun his supervisory role and undertaken practical sessions for theU18s, U15s, U16s, U13s and U11s age groups. He is also working closely with those at senior level to create communication lines to enable player progression.

He said, “There is obviously a lot of work to be done but I think everyone has joined up thinking on this, so I’m happy to help steer some very enthusiastic people in the right direction for developing young players”

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