Anger at lack of support for junior Darlington FC team

NO SUPPORT: Darlington Junior FC U13 Rockets, which coaches and families say has not been supported by the Quakers

NO SUPPORT: Darlington Junior FC U13 Rockets, which coaches and families say has not been supported by the Quakers

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DARLINGTON FC has come under fire for its lack of support of a junior team.

Coaches and parents say the club has broken promises made when the U13 Rockets team was formed as part of Darlington Youth FC at the start of the season.

The team's coaches have resigned and training has been cancelled until further notice.

Despite the Quakers stating last year that junior players would be involved in all aspects of the club, families claim they have not had any help from those involved in the senior team.

Derek Rutherford, from Shildon, whose 12-year-old grandson Dylan plays for the team, said: "There has never been any contact with these youngsters by Darlington FC.

"The coaches have become so disillusioned with the lack of support that they both resigned last week."

Darlington Youth FC was formed in May last year when Cumby Rovers YFC, a junior club based in Heighington, approached Darlington FC about a partnership.

Ian Pullan, a former Cumby Rovers coach who joined the club to manage the Rockets, said: "There were lots of promises from Darlington that they never really delivered."

Mr Pullan said the pitch was often not marked out and the grass was ankle deep at times.

"On one occasion only half the pitch was cut but that just made it ten times worse, said Mr Pullan, who is hoping to start a new team at Newton Aycliffe Sports Club.

"We were given an alternative pitch to play at but the gates were locked when we turned up.

"The most disappointing thing for me is that the kids have been let down - it sounded like a good set up but we've had very little support."

In response to the criticism, Martin Jesper, chief executive of Darlington FC, said Darlington Youth Football Club was an autonomous organisation and had its own administrative set-up.

He added: "Darlington FC monitors the progress of players at all ages and provide progression pathways for those players showing ability at the grassroots development stage.

"Indeed several youth players have already made appearances for the Quakers first team in the last two seasons.

"We have been made aware of the resignation of a Darlington Youth FC manager and understand that DYFC are dealing with the matter with a view to providing the best outcome for the particular group of players and their parents.”

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10:28pm Sun 18 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

The adult 1st team do not seem to have a home that they own (are they still sharing)? They do not appear to play in any form of league that actually matters.... so, .why waste your time on some parochial little operation? Is the junior team really anymore than just a few lads kicking around a ball with deluded visions of adequacy? Small town, even smaller football club, with a minsicule amount of importance.
The adult 1st team do not seem to have a home that they own (are they still sharing)? They do not appear to play in any form of league that actually matters.... so, .why waste your time on some parochial little operation? Is the junior team really anymore than just a few lads kicking around a ball with deluded visions of adequacy? Small town, even smaller football club, with a minsicule amount of importance. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -15

11:41pm Sun 18 May 14

shirt of blue says...

Do what every other kids football team does - get some parents trained up and qualified as coaches. What on earth do they want Darlington FC to do - it's a partnership not a financial support mechanism.
Do what every other kids football team does - get some parents trained up and qualified as coaches. What on earth do they want Darlington FC to do - it's a partnership not a financial support mechanism. shirt of blue
  • Score: 25

7:56am Mon 19 May 14

Liamsm says...

Yet again another example of the management team only being interested in their own business interests and not the development of youth! Money money money!! Get someone in charge who has the club at heart not their pockets!!
Yet again another example of the management team only being interested in their own business interests and not the development of youth! Money money money!! Get someone in charge who has the club at heart not their pockets!! Liamsm
  • Score: -10

12:28pm Mon 19 May 14

Lionel1 says...

Liamsm wrote:
Yet again another example of the management team only being interested in their own business interests and not the development of youth! Money money money!! Get someone in charge who has the club at heart not their pockets!!
What do you expect? It's not linked to Martin Gray's football school and will not be making him money or immediately benefical in terms of players for his youth/first team. Was this the junior club that Martin Jesper spoke about the importance of supporting as they are a community team and Darlington FC want to be seen as a community club?
[quote][p][bold]Liamsm[/bold] wrote: Yet again another example of the management team only being interested in their own business interests and not the development of youth! Money money money!! Get someone in charge who has the club at heart not their pockets!![/p][/quote]What do you expect? It's not linked to Martin Gray's football school and will not be making him money or immediately benefical in terms of players for his youth/first team. Was this the junior club that Martin Jesper spoke about the importance of supporting as they are a community team and Darlington FC want to be seen as a community club? Lionel1
  • Score: -2

1:23pm Mon 19 May 14

BigTx1 says...

Adults quitting their posts due to locked gates and unmarked pitches. Christ, your talking about an under 13s football team not the harlem globetrotters, get a grip.
Adults quitting their posts due to locked gates and unmarked pitches. Christ, your talking about an under 13s football team not the harlem globetrotters, get a grip. BigTx1
  • Score: 1

1:51pm Tue 20 May 14

dave3mrr says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
The adult 1st team do not seem to have a home that they own (are they still sharing)? They do not appear to play in any form of league that actually matters.... so, .why waste your time on some parochial little operation? Is the junior team really anymore than just a few lads kicking around a ball with deluded visions of adequacy? Small town, even smaller football club, with a minsicule amount of importance.
Second words "off" mate.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: The adult 1st team do not seem to have a home that they own (are they still sharing)? They do not appear to play in any form of league that actually matters.... so, .why waste your time on some parochial little operation? Is the junior team really anymore than just a few lads kicking around a ball with deluded visions of adequacy? Small town, even smaller football club, with a minsicule amount of importance.[/p][/quote]Second words "off" mate. dave3mrr
  • Score: 0

10:07am Fri 23 May 14

Big nob says...

Two sides too every story we also have a team in the same age group as Dali youth rockets . The difference been we got off out backsides marked out pitches , cut grass , made sure gates where open to pitches on a Sunday and generally managed our own team , a example of this been the rockets team turning up 30 mins before a home game and then complaining that the pitch hadent been marked out !!!!!!! Darlo youth after all is just a boys club that needs to have input from teams management and parents alike . As a team this season we have had no issues with pitches or the running of the club because we care as a group of parents !!!!!! Shame on you darlo rockets management for letting you kids down then voicing you lack of leadership publicly.
Two sides too every story we also have a team in the same age group as Dali youth rockets . The difference been we got off out backsides marked out pitches , cut grass , made sure gates where open to pitches on a Sunday and generally managed our own team , a example of this been the rockets team turning up 30 mins before a home game and then complaining that the pitch hadent been marked out !!!!!!! Darlo youth after all is just a boys club that needs to have input from teams management and parents alike . As a team this season we have had no issues with pitches or the running of the club because we care as a group of parents !!!!!! Shame on you darlo rockets management for letting you kids down then voicing you lack of leadership publicly. Big nob
  • Score: 0

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