Avondale FC welcome new Head of Youth Development

Avondale FC is to welcome a new Head of Youth Development to the Youth staff ranks.

Jack Dover will lead the club’s youth program as it continues to progress the new phase of its player development strategy that was implemented at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Jack will oversee the key areas within the club’s Youth Program, including coaching, recruitment and sports science.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a club who are committing to youth development as a key indicator for future success. Avondale FC is seeking to become a national leader in youth development and creating a clear Avondale identity is my mission as Head of Youth Development.”

Dover brings with him experience working in elite football programs within Victoria, including Melbourne City FC, Football Federation Victoria and Rowville Sports Academy. Holding an FFA/AFC ‘B’ Licence Dover has spent a number of years working alongside Anthony Frost, now FFA National Education Manager.

Avondale FC’s General Manager, Jarrad Denham, said: “At the end of 2017 we put in place a youth structure to ensure we can recruit, develop and nurture the best young talent possible, which is fundamental to spearheading our improvement as a football club. One of our key aims is to increase the number of players coming through our youth program who are more than capable of playing for the first team or securing a professional contract.”

“Jack brings the experience of working in elite footballing environments, which will be hugely beneficial to us as we look to build on the success of our youth program and take things to the next level. We warmly welcome him to Avondale”.

Avondale FC has seen four youth players in 2018 break into the first team, which include Christian Inglese, John-Mark Offeh, Chris Dossis, and James Alvarez.

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