It is with deep regret that Whitehill Welfare will not be fielding an U20 team next season.
As a club, we firmly believe in the importance of developing local players through U17 to U20 and ultimately, senior first team football. As such, the club set aside funds last season to reduce the burden on the U20 team to allow them to focus on coaching and playing and had done so again in our budgeting for the coming season.
Unfortunately, other events have come to the fore in recent months that has led to a review of that budget to allow the club’s limited financial resources, and volunteers time, to be redirected to focus on these.
This isn’t a decision that has been taken lightly and it saddens us that we’ve been put in a position where we’ve had to choose between football development and ground improvements.
The club will be doing everything it can to ensure that this is a one-season break and return to the U20 Development League for the start of season 2020/21.