SOLIHULL Moors have confirmed this week that the club’s former reserve team will now play as a competitive Academy in the Third Division of the Midland League.
It will provide aspiring players with not only a more physical test but it will also give them the opportunity to develop further and introduce relegation and hopefully promotion into the mix.
The move was seen as a logical step forward which began four years ago when Moors’ award winning youth team entered the Under 21 Division of the Midland League, but after a season which saw them finish fourth it was felt that it still failed to provide a realistic chance of players stepping up to the senior squad.
Two years ago the Under 21’s became the official Moors Reserve team where last season they finished second in the Midland League but raised the Challenge trophy when they defeated league winners Coleshill 2-0 in the final.
Despite this success, the gap between the reserves and the first team was still regarded as too big, hence the decision to form the Moors Academy.
Not only will the players face the likes of Castle Vale, FC Stratford, Northfield town and Alcester Town on a weekly basis, but it will also open the door to the Birmingham FA Saturday Vase, which could see Moors come against teams from Division of the Midland League.
The newly formed club will continue to play at Studley Sports Centre and will have its own website to keep fans fully up-to-date as the new venture gathers momentum.