Troon Football Club are excited to launch a new initiative with a new-look Under 19 team for this season.
Led by our new Head Coach Jamie McCulloch (left), our coaching team will boast several years experience in the Pro-Youth environment as well as local knowledge of teams, players & leagues. Jamie himself is vastly experienced at this level, with several years spent working at Hibernian and Ayr United in both coaching and scouting departments. He is the perfect man to drive our Academy side further and we are extremely lucky to have him on board. Jamie is currently in discussions with other Pro-Youth coaching contacts and scouts to form a solid team to get the best out of our new side.
Troon F.C. Committee Member Lee Smith (right) will continue his role as an Assistant Coach in Jamie's new-look set-up and will provide a vital role in linking the Under 19s with the Junior club, having joined the Under 19s in the latter part of last season.
Troon have expanded our Academy set-up in the last few years since introducing our first Under 19 side with Neil Duffy in 2013, which won all four trophies it contested in season 2014-15. We have seen several players make the step up successfully to the senior side including Ross McCrea, Morgan Brown & Dean Fulton. We introduced our 2004 team, under Brian Prentice and Paul McDougall, in 2017 and are in discussions with other coaches and teams to grow our Academy set-up even further to offer youth players in Troon and surrounding areas a genuine pathway from grassroots football to professional football.
With the introduction of our new-look Under 19 set-up, and with an eye towards a potential Under-17 side, Jamie & his coaching team will be hosting an Open Trial on Sunday 8th July, meeting at 12pm at Troon's Portland Park ground. Troon F.C. kit will be provided, and specialist coaches will be on hand during the day to put the players through their paces in training & then through a match to give them a chance to shine. All eligible players in our current Under 19 side will be invited to attend.
Any interested players please contact Jamie on 07751393128 or e-mail the club directly on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest!