On Wednesday 4th May, we will be holding our annual trials and looking to add players to our already talented youth team set up for the 2022/23 season.
Camberley Town operate at very successful youth system and next season will be running a team again in the Isthmian Youth League (formley known as the Ryman Youth League) and the Allied Counties Youth League. No other team in the area has such access to these leagues. We firmly believe that the Isthmian Youth League is the best level of football out side of professional academy football and that combined with the re-established ACYL team it makes it an excellent combination to enhance the careers of talented individuals.
In the 2018/19 season NINE of the U18 squad represented the first team in the Combined Counties. In the 2019/20 season EIGHT youth team players featured for the first team. This demonstrates our clubs culture of ‘giving youth a chance’, then again in the 2020/21 season despite a distrupted 1st team campaign due to Covid-19 we saw another SIX players step up and feature for the 1st team. In the 2021-22 season EIGHT youth team players made their first team debuts. We firmly believe that if you are good enough you are old enough and our First Team set-up, has demonstrated this. The number of graduates into our first team, is significantly more than any other team in the area or at our level, in terms of this there is no other rival to Camberely Town.
Actions speak louder than words. We give youth a chance. Book your place on our trials, perhaps you could be the next player to shine in our system.
2018-19 - Seven of the nine graduates: Pictured above are the seven players who stepped up from the youth team to play for the first team. From Left to right. Josh Stepney, Dionis Pipero, Sam Whitehead, Ryan Green, Dean Rule, James Baxter and Billy upton (Youth Team Captain)
2019-20 - Seven of the eight graduates: Pictured above are the seven players who stepped up from the youth team to play for the first team. From Left to right. Archie Mills (Captain), Leo Spicer, Jordan Marsh, Luke Benton, Milse Davis, Kie Plumley, Peter Day
2020-21 - Six of the graduates: Pictured above are the six players who stepped up from the youth team to play for the first team. From Left to right. Adam Poynter, Archie Mills (Captain), Jordan Marsh, Keane Anderson, Leo Spicer, Jordan Marsh, Tom Hennah
2021-2022 - Eight of the graduates: Pictured above are the eight players who stepped up from the youth team to play for the first team. From Left to right. Adam Melville, Ethan Jones, Macauley Martin, Ollie West (Captain), Stan Jones, Callum Wiltshire, Luis Hamblin, Josh Lepkowski
Why Camberley Town?
Our Youth Team coaching staff have extensive experience of this level. Our Youth Team Head Coach, Craig Green, will be in his 15th year at the club. He has no family member playing and has no allegance to any one player, he just acts with the best interests of the club, this makes Camberley different to 9/10 Youth Teams. In his time at Camberley, Craig has a proven track record of getting players through our Youth Team and in to our First Team, since 2011/12 he has overseen 72 players make the step up into our first team to play in the Combined Counties and 90+ players into senior football. He will be supported by a whole host of other experienced coaches, some new and others exisiting. One thing is for certain, no other team in this area, will have a coaching staff more expereicneced than ours at leading and preparing a team at this level.
Other Coaches include Sam Hawkins, Mark Anderson, Darren Jenkins, Billy Ludlow and others TBA.
Mark has been associated with Camberley for a very long time as a youth coach with CTYFC. He has managed the successful U16 team alongside Darren Jenkins. In addition Mark played for Aldershot, Fleet, Cove, Sandhurst scoring hatfuls of goals in the non league pyramid.
He has managed at Badshot Lea and coached at Godalming and Fleet. Mark is scheme leader of the Pulse Premier Academy run out of Camberley Rugby Club.
Darren Jenkins was Mark's assistant at our age group team and at U16's joined the U18 set up. Darren also managed several other CTYFC age group teams.
Sam Hawkins, is a former Southampton Academy coach, and is the holder of the UEFA A License award. Sam has also worked as our first team assistant manager, as well as U18 manager in other local club Fleet Spurs. Sam also was a former first team manager for Ash United. Sam currently works for Pulse Premier Academy.
We know what it takes to be successful at this level, we know the challenges that we will face this season, that sets us ahead of the start up teams who are making a fresh start. Why risk your future with someone or a team new to this, when you could join our team and be in the safe and experienced hands of our coaches?
The Club and it's History
Camberley Town have one youth teams entered into the Isthmian Youth League (Ryman Youth League). We are the only team in the area to operate at this level. There is no doubt that the Isthmian Youth League is the best league at under 18 level, it physically and technically prepares our payers for first team football, in a way that no other league can. So being the only team in the area and only one of two Combined Counties League sides to have spots in this league, we are uniquely place to provide the structure and opportunity for player progression. This makes our Youth set up unrivalled in the area. We routinely play full time National League academies in the Isthmian League. We consistently punch above our weight in the challenge we take on.
In the Isthmian Youth League we have finished in the top four, four times out of the seven times we have been in the league, finishing as runners up with a record points total in 2013-14 and winning the league in 2018-19, and were unbeaten last season when the season was curtailed.
On the pitch in the FA Youth Cup we’ve regularly reach the first round proper of the FA youth Cup. We have taken Dover (National League) and Bristol Rovers (league 2 at the time) to extra time and been drawn away to Colchester United. We have been the last Combined Counties Club in the FA Youth Cup seven times out of the last nine seasons. In the 2020-21 season we reached the 2nd round proper for the first ever time and beat Bristol Rovers (League 1) away 3-2.
In the 2021-22 season we reached the Hampshire Cup Final and will play Havant & Waterlooville in the final on 12th May.
You can study A-level’s and still play for Camberley as this is not a related to an education course. We are totally independent of any post 16 football scheme and are just a semi-professional football club run with a professional mind set and attitude.
You can follow whatever education path that you would like to do. Our coaching staff are well connected in the local area. We have provided references for job applications and USA scholarship applicants and also have supported the production of their UCAS references.
Your education is important to us and we will support you in any way we can.
Frequently asked questions about our trial
What time do the trials start?
6PM. If you are running late on the day please call Craig Green on 07528336290 to warn him.
What do I need to bring to the trial?
To the trial please bring appropriate footwear, the trial will take place on grass. You will be provided with a shirt to wear, but you should wear football shorts, shin pads and socks. Water refreshments will be on offer, but you might also wish to bring a drink. There are showering facilities on site so should you wish to have a shower after the trials please bring a towel.
What if I cannot make the trial?
If you cannot make the trail but would very much like to be part of the Camberley Town Youth set up, then please speak to Craig Green and he will arrange for you to trial at another time. If you are shielding from Covid-19 or dont think it is safe yet to train, this is not a problme, please get in contact with Craig Green and he will organise a trial at another time.
When will I hear if I am invited to Preseason training?
After the trial the coaches will meet and you will be emailed ASAP with information. This normally takes a week to do, please bear with
Which team will I play for if I do get in?
You will play for both, there will not be two teams but one squad and which team you play in will be decided by a game by game basis.
Does it cost money to play for Camberley Town?
Unfortunately it does. We have to cover the cost of our competition entry fees, the use of our training facility, the cost of match officials etc. Additionally the players will be given a players holdall, training kit and club tie.
If I join Camberley is there a college that I must attend?
No, we are obviously interested in your education and hope you do well, but you follow whatever education path that you wish to follow at whatever college to want to attend.