Lee has been given the task of developing the youth team alongside assistant Lee Walkinshaw.
Lee Petch takes the role with a strong background in amateur football, both playing and managing at various clubs around the area. Currently Director of Sport at Etone College, Lee has a vast array of knowledge and understanding in developing youth talent. Upon appointment Petch commented "I am extremely proud to be given this opportunity to help develop players in the next steps of their footballing journey. It's a big step up from junior football to adult, but having a good under 18's set up will help in the transition. Our goal has to be to produce top footballers equipped to go on and play for the first team"
Lee Walkinshaw, a Level 2 FA Coach, joins the cstaff as Petch's No. 2 and brings with him a range of experience having played football in the NDSFL for 20 years and coaching for the past three.
Walkinshaw said "With the role I'm going to play it’s about keeping the progression and transition from grass roots football to men’s football. It’s about sparking the candle again for the kids to want to continue in their footballing journey and aim to become a Boro' first team player. Our objective is to feed players a step closer to getting to that target and help the Boro' have as much local youth support as possible, helping them progress to be back where they belong."
Commercial Manager Mark Grimes said "It's an exciting time for the Club, the new youth team will help bridge the gap from Junior football to under 21's and then first team. There's now a clear pathway for the lads to progress with the Club. The bigger picture is to produce some home grown talent like we did in years gone by with Gaz Dean, James Armson and Eddie Nisevic amongst many others.
Open trials for the new under 18's will be held on the stadium pitch on Friday 24th May, more details to be announced soon. To be eligible for the youth team this season you need to be over 15 but under 18 on the 31st of August 2019.