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26 junior and youth teams registered at Borderville for next season

The Daniels have appointed a new development officer following another successful and rewarding season for their junior and youth teams.

Stuart Craig has made the move to Borderville after spending 11 years with Glinton and Northborough.

The 53-year-old is a capable business leader in his role as marketing manager for a large group of high-profile financial service providers and has 16 years of experience in club development.

Stamford Young Daniels at the recent Deeping Rangers tournament. (11780803)
Stamford Young Daniels at the recent Deeping Rangers tournament. (11780803)

He helped Glinton & Northborough grow from nine teams to 28, attaining Charter Standard Club of Year three times and including East Midlands Club of the Year.

Craig was also voted FA Volunteer of the Year in 2012 and club director and Young Daniels chairman Guy Walton was delighted to have him on board.

Walton said: "Stuart has a keen eye for football development and club structure on and off the field and joins us after a successful spell as director of adult football at GNFC with teams overseeing five promotions in six seasons, two league titles and six cup semi-finals.

“Our relocation in 2014 to the Zeeco Stadium and Borderville Sports Centre has focused our vision to be an inclusive, safe, educational and successful football development scheme in our local community and to increase participation, individual and team improvement while falling for and retaining a love for the game.

"To manage such challenging tasks and increase our registered player numbers we are delighted to announce Stuart has joined us with immediate effect."

Craig added “I am very excited to be joining such an established football club as part of a very hard-working team.

"Stamford AFC has incredible history, but has always driven forward and is now thriving at Borderville, home at one of the best footballing facilities for miles around.

"I've known Guy Walton since we both started our coaching journey in grassroots football together.

"I believe I share his development-based philosophy and have the same ambition for the growth of a football club and where it should stand in the local community.

"It will be brilliant to work with and learn from the team at Stamford and hopefully lend them some of my energy and time to help move great projects forward."

Stamford Young Daniels took part in the Bourne Town Juniors event last weekend. (11780805)
Stamford Young Daniels took part in the Bourne Town Juniors event last weekend. (11780805)

The Daniels have registered 26 teams in various leagues for the coming campaign.

Sixteen teams from Under 7 to Under 14s will be playing in the Peterborough Junior Alliance League while the Under 15s, 16s and 18s will participate in the Peterborough Youth League with two Under 18 sides also competing in the Northamptonshire Senior Midweek Floodlight League.

The Football Academy, working in partnership with New College Stamford, will register two teams in the English Colleges League for a third successive season.

The club has also registered two veterans teams for the coming season and continues to operate the successful walking football teams - Stamford AFC Strollers - with Taff Lovesey reporting more than 80 regular players enjoying the health and social benefits of the new game.

Anyone interested in playing or coaching at the club should contact Guy for further details on guy.walton@stamfordafc.net or call 07764 630343.

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