Club Development Plan

Royston Town Youth FC Development Pathway


All teams are agreed before the start of each Season with all coaches of that age group and the Chair/Development/Mentor Officers if necessary.

All Parents will have these plans explained to them, so they fully understand the clubs ethos, and also be informed of any potential movement within the teams.

ALL Player movements should be discussed in person with the parent of the player, at no point should any player find out about their team movement via a text or email.

Royston Town Youth FC is not an Academy, we are a Grassroots Football Club and all Managers/Coaches should ensure they follow the expected guidance. 


ALL player movements at whatever age MUST be discussed through the relevant coaches and the clubs development/Mentor officers prior to any parental discussions and player movement 

Coaches/Admin should never approach a player of any RTY Team, all communication should be via the existing team Coach! 




Under 7s

Playing in the Royston Crow League

Dependent on Numbers, players should be split into team according to ability, following the clubs formal name list of Crows, Eagles, Colts, Falcons, Kestrels.

In U7s there is the option to either play in single or paired divisions, this decision will be made with the assistance of the Development Officer and will be what is correct for the age group for the coming season. 

Each team should be equally loaded with players, these players will be registered to their team with 3/4 players of similar ability from the next team 'dual registered'. where possible these players should be played across teams to ensure fluidity and development of all players. 

All players should receive equal match time and as per the FA guidance, all positions should be rotated and no player should be set in a position.

Ideally start the season in paired divisions, moving to single divisions in preparation for the following season at the start of March fixtures.


Under 8s

Playing in the Royston Crow League.


All teams will now be playing in single divisions tiered into ability, still with players moving within teams as their ability allows. Position rotations still and equal playing time.

All player movements are through agreement of Development/Mentors for that age group.


Under 9s- U10

Teams are now fully streamed for their ability. Strongest team will play in the Mid Herts leagues – if the team is able to facilitate this. All teams are tiered in ability with players able to move within each team, players can also move up to strongest team with those that are struggling dropping into a development team. Equal playing time is within the FA rules, as is the expected rotation of positions, although some players do tend to settle in certain positions during the latter age band.

Development Teams are Royston Crow League or Cambs League – both Saturday


Under 11s – U12

Teams are streamed for their ability. Strongest team should be playing in the top divisions of the Mid Herts leagues. Remaining teams continue to be tiered in ability; players can also move up to strongest team with those that are struggling dropping into a more development team. Equal playing time is still advised.

Development Teams are Royston Crow League (Sunday) or Cambs League (Saturday)


Under 13- U16

Teams are now running with strongest team moving into EJA league, should their ability allow, other teams within age groups to play in MHRML (Sunday), Crow league (Sunday) or Cambs (Saturday) Leagues.


EJA players will be coached 2 sessions per week, EJA playing fees will be higher than normal registration fees. These have yet to be set.


Players are still able to move within all teams, depending on their development and ability, including EJA teams




Under 17-U18

Under 17/18 Coaches and Players will be working alongside the Senior Clubs Under 18s, there may be a crossover of players moving between Saturday, Sunday and Mid-Week football.


We would look for the coaches of the EJA teams to ideally be level 2 qualified wherever possible.


We would hold open hold open trials before the start of each season for EJA teams, wherever possible will offer an alternative provision within another team if the player does not meet the expected level for EJA.





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