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ACADEMY SIDE TO COMPETE IN THE CENTRAL LEAGUE

31 May 2019

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Town Academy to play in 2019/20 Central League

- Town’s Under-19s to play in Central League
- League will run alongside bespoke games programme
- Features clubs primarily from the EFL

Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s will be given further opportunities to play regular football with the youngsters featuring in the 2019/20 Central League.

Having been formed in 1911, the Central League is the oldest active reserve league in England.

The youngsters will compete in it alongside matches from the already established bespoke games programme, providing an opportunity for Town’s Academy players to get more playing minutes across the season.

Mainly featuring clubs from the EFL, the games will offer a different test to those already available and allow the Academy players to step up and aid their development further.

Divisions will be regionalised to reduce travel time with fixtures primarily set to take place on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.

Like last season, there will also be a Central League Cup to compliment the league schedule however entry into the Cup is optional.

Town’s Academy Manager Leigh Bromby believes that it will be a great addition to the schedule and is looking forward to seeing how it can help develop the Young Terriers.

“We would like to thank the EFL for inviting us to participate in next season’s Central League, it’s something as a Club that we are really excited about.

“The League will provide a great opportunity for our Academy lads to play football on a more regular basis and hopefully the players can take a lot from the extra games in terms of their own development.

“Game time is really important for our youngsters whether that be in the bespoke games programme or the Central League.

“It provides us with opportunities to trial different systems, different playing styles and different challenges.”

The opening matchday of the 2019/20 Central League season is set to take place on Wednesday 11 September 2019.


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