Walsall FC Appoints New Academy Manager
Tue 22nd Nov 2016 | Football Club Management
Walsall Football Club has confirmed the appointment of Graham Biggs as their new Academy Manager.
Following the departure of Neil Woods in October, Biggs will oversee the entire academy structure and will be responsible for the development of young players from 9 years of age through to our under-18 squad.
“In the 16 years that Graham has been at the club, he’s played an integral part in promoting young players through our academy system and into the senior squad,” said Chief Executive, Stefan Gamble.
“He’s worked in a variety of roles across the age groups and shares the same philosophy and culture which is engrained within fabric of the club.
“The board are confident that his experience and knowledge of the academy system will continue to serve the club well and wish him every success in his new role.”
The 53-year old first joined the club as an academy coach in 2000 and has progressed to assume the important positions of Centre of Excellence Manager and most recently Head of Academy Coaching.
Biggs worked with Neil Woods on restructuring the club’s academy in anticipation of the Elite Player Performance Plan, which saw the club achieve category 3 status.
“I’m immensely proud to have been given this opportunity,” Biggs explained. “I’ve been here for 16 years and have a deep affection for the club and the people who work tirelessly to make it a success.
“This academy has been crucial in nurturing and developing young, talented players and promoting them through the system and into the first team. Some of them have since moved on to other clubs but their grounding and chance in the professional game is still very much rooted to Walsall Football Club.
“It’s something that we as a club pride ourselves on and it’s an aspect of our Academy system which I’ll look to continue and build up on.
“My overall ambition now is to continue the outstanding work which has gone before me and strive to increase the club’s existing reputation as one where young players can thrive, express themselves and ultimately forge a long and successful career in the professional game.”
Image: Walsall FC Manager, Jon Whitney (Left) & Graham Biggs (right)
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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