Halesowen Town FC First Team Coaches appointed at Halesowen Town FC Academy


It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that Halesowen Town FC would like to announce first team coaches, Craig Nicholls and Josh Coney, have today been appointed Academy Managers of Halesowen Town FC Academy. 

Both Nicholls and Coney joined the Yeltz with first team manager Paul Smith after working with him previously at Redditch United FC. They also run their own coaching business, Total Football Coaching, bringing a wealth of expertise and experience to their new roles. 

Before linking with Smith at Redditch United, Nicholls had previously been working in women's football where he had a very successful stint at Coventry City Ladies FC and West Bromwich Albion Women's FC, winning the Women's Premier League with Coventry in his first year.  In addition, he is in the process of completing his A License qualification which will bring further knowledge and depth to the role.

Coney had worked alongside Nicholls at both Coventry and West Brom Ladies as well as working within the academy structure at West Bromwich Albion FC. Primarily as a goalkeeping coach throughout the age groups but gaining experience watching and working alongside a number of respected coaches at the club.

Following the announcement, Nicholls said, ''I'd like to thank Karen Brookes and Keith McKenna for this opportunity; I'm thrilled to accept this role. The club is fantastic and is going from strength to strength.  Being part of this season has been one of the most exciting times of my career and working alongside Smith and Snape has been brilliant for my development as both have a wealth of experience and clearly know how to get the best out of their players. Having a clear link between the academy and the club's senior levels is extremely important, I can't wait to get started!'' 


Coney commented, ''The vision of the club is something we want to be part of. The academy needs to be an important part of the club as it can link everything together, from junior to senior football. We want to see some of these boys represent the first team in the future.''

Both Nicholls and Coney are already working to recruit players for the upcoming season.  For more information on how to be part of this exciting new chapter, please go to the Academy section of the Halesowen Town FC website or where you can find all the details regarding the academy programme.

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