Chesham United Academy football with Queens School Watford
Running in parallel with our own Chesham United Academy at The Meadow and our Southern Counties Floodlit League Under 18s side, Chesham United also have a side playing in the National League U19 Alliance based at Queens School in Watford.
In the summer of 2012, as part of our review of the career pathway for young players at Chesham United, we decided to formalise a relationship we have with Queens School in Watford. As a Specialist sports and science school, they are the base for the Queens Sports Academy run through their 6th Form giving opportunities for both boys and girls in a variety of sports.
There are around 60 boys in their Football Academy studying A levels and vocational courses, as well as receiving coaching for 10 hours per week. They play games in the Football Conference Youth Alliance in midweek against other colleges and professional/ semi professional clubs.
The Academy Director, and Head Coach, is Dave Reddington who has played for Andy Leese in the past,hence the link. Dave is an experienced coach who works for Watford FC and has also worked at Crystal Palace and for the FA in their young England set up.
Chesham United had players come to us via Queens in previous years, such as Lewis Rolfe and Max Farrelly, but in 2012 we made the link more formal so that the Queens teams play in the National League U19 Alliance under our name. In return we have taken some of their players into our set up to broaden their experience, and to aid their development into senior football. They get to train with the 1st team which further enhances their development. Over the last few years many have progressed to sign and play in the Reserves and move up to senior men's football.
It is a genuine relationship which benefits both Chesham United and Queens. Dave Reddington is especially pleased with the link adding, "In Non League football it's hard to find a club that tries to play football the right way. We are delighted that we have found Chesham to enhance our academy students development whilst understanding the transition from youth football to adult."