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Top marks: Former Glentoran hero Scott Young, from PHS Compliance, presents Larne Youth with sponsored shirts for the season

Top marks: Former Glentoran hero Scott Young, from PHS Compliance, presents Larne Youth with sponsored shirts for the season

Top marks: Former Glentoran hero Scott Young, from PHS Compliance, presents Larne Youth with sponsored shirts for the season

Larne FC will celebrate their 125th anniversary later this month... Larne Youth haven't been around that long, but they are making great strides to ensure that children in the town can enjoy a bright footballing future.

A programme has been put in place at Larne Youth to develop the kids as footballers on the pitch and to help them become fine young men off it.

The club's under-14 team are a good example of what is being achieved. In their second season in the National League, having previously played in the South Belfast Youth League, they are achieving some excellent results, and looking good too after the local branch of PHS Compliance decided to sponsor their shirts.

Most of the players in the squad are a product of the former Larne Youth Development Centre, now known as the Larne Youth Academy, and have taken the skills taught in their early years and added to them under the stewardship of John Workman, Ivan Wilson and other coaching staff.

Workman, the team manager and a member of the Larne Youth Football Committee, says: "It is important that young players are coached, educated and nurtured the correct way which is why we have implemented our own new development plan.

"The goal is to produce talent capable of playing at the highest level, not forgetting players who will develop and learn other skills and become more socially interactive through the programme."

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