SOLIHULL Moors have revealed they will be running eight teams through their academy next season in partnership with CTC Kingshurst and Solihull College.
The Moors Academy will introduce a new under-21 side which will be part of the Midland League Division Two constitution.
It will comprise academy players between the ages of 18 and 21 and play its home games at Boldmere St Michaels’ Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.
Moors will also enter a team in the Midland League Reserve Division which will play at the Tally Ho complex in Edgbaston along with the Floodlit League sides.
The remaining five teams in the various College Leagues will play at CTC Academy and Solihull College.
Moors’ first team used the all-weather facilities at Boldmere throughout last season for training and the new arrangements for the under-21s will strengthen what have already become strong ties between the two clubs.
Mark Fogarty, Moors’ sporting director, said: “This fantastic new partnership with Boldmere will allow our players to continue their development and be able to play the type of football that we believe in due to the superb facilities and surface.
“Ordinarily we lose our best young players at 18 but we now have the opportunity to watch them blossom over a further three years.
“The partnership with Boldmere will further cement the relationship between the two clubs and I’m sure both will prosper because of the relationship.”
Boldmere chairman Robert Mallaband added: “Boldmere have gone through a transformation programme which started off the field with our new facilities and we have now expanded our feeder system with more than 30 teams next season.
“Boldmere share a similar vision to Moors and we feel the partnership will serve both clubs equally.
“We are privileged to open up our ground to a premier club and we look forward to seeing the youth develop through our joint initiative”
A Moors XI will play Boldmere in a pre season friendly on Wednesday, July 11 at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground (7.30pm KO).