Head of Academy Development, Glenn Morris expressed his delight towards the improvements made across the board at academy level, and also commented on the success academy system this season.
Morris believes the scholars have taken big steps forward, as a number of players have been promoted to the first team with one already signing professional. He said, “I think we’ve progressed this season, both on and off the pitch. We aim to produce good footballers but also good people, and hopefully their experiences will benefit them in the long run, its incredible to see how much progress has been made with Rafiq Khaleel demonstrating the player pathway''.
“Another gauge of the academy progressing is that we’ve never had four players in with one of our first teams with a number out on loan in the gaining senior experience''. “With the addition of our development teams we the scholars will have more time to develop. Our ultimate goal is to get more and more players into first team levels. We’re getting closer and closer, and some of the boys that have been out excellent this season’’ Morris continued to praise scholars achievements this season, before highlighting the excellent work being carried out from an educational point of view, as the players strengthen their knowledge as well as their footwork. “The Crawley Town Performance squad had a really good season, playing against Arsenal, Charlton and Brighton, winning 3 leagues and beating AFC Wimbledon has been some key highlights. The lads have played some really good football - with confidence and how we’d expect our teams to play.. “We also has an international call up that which is a brilliant achievement for the academy’ “We’re reaching really high marks in education, and we got a really positive report from our stakeholders for how we do things from a development point of view.” The break will provide some downtime for many of the club’s academy staff, following a tiring season both on and off the pitch, and Morris showed his appreciation towards the work being carried out. “The staff in the academy work very hard being the scenes, doing long hours including weekends‘ “They do everything they can to benefit the scholars that we work with, and all their work and effort is very much appreciated by parents, and also the senior members who we receive great support from. “The coaching department has achieved great results this season and the recruitment department has worked tirelessly to improve the squad, while we also develop the players already at the club’ The Crawley Town Performance academy saw four members of the under-18 squad - Rafiq Khaleel, Szymon Kowalcyzk, Lekan Orimolusi, Jaheim Whyte- step up into first team training and Morris continued to speak about the progress being made.
“It was great to see four of the lads get involved at senior level, We'll continue to strive for positive results within the academy, and hopefully next season can be even better than the one just gone’’ ‘I don’t think people would be surprised by them. They have got their opportunity and now we all want to see how far they can go. But it’s always the same, you want them hungry for more, to keep achieving more to become a little bit better.”