HARLOW HARRIER reporter Jordan Dobson interviewed Harlow Town first team manager Danny Chapman about the way in which the club inspires children to take up football.
Danny has been a West Ham United fan since he was six years old and has been involved in football for 35 years.
He played for a club called Puma in East London when he was a child and once he turned professional he was a player for Harlow Town 2003-2008. Shortly after retiring from the game he became the assistant manager of the first team and in 2009 he became the first team manager. The aim at Harlow is to have the first team playing in the Vanarama conference league within five years following the club’s promotion last season.
The youth system has been going for three years now and this is coming up to being Chapman’s second year involved in the system. Chapman has a five-year-old son who is currently playing for Harlow Town’s mini’s and his first game is on Saturday.
The ages for the youth section range from 4 to 18. The club has 22 youth teams in total and also offers a full academy enabling young people aged 16-18 the opportunity to study a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in sport.
The academy and youth set up are all about helping and developing children of all abilities and giving them the chance to play football. Harlow Town is proud to guarantee everyone involved in the system first team football once they are old enough.