It's been an off season of new beginnings at Barrington Park with the departure of Gareth Davies, Wayne Petrie and Dave Terry and on top of that, midfielder Tom Ballard has also confirmed that he would not be returning having signed for Wantage Town, however this week saw the tide turn with the announcement that Shrivenham Youth manager Glenn Horsell had been promoted to the Development role and speaking to Your Sport Swindon this week, Glenn said that he couldn’t wait to get back at it with Steve Hendry [Slicker] and two former Shrivvy legends, Matthew Hampson [Bradders] and Paul Whitewood [Big Time] who have also been appointed to help run the Development and Youth [U17-18s] teams.
“I had many successful years at Shrivenham as a player and was the first to receive an honorary award for service to the club,” Matthew said following his appointment. At the end of my playing career, I went in to Youth Coaching on the North Wilts League which is where I was when the Covid-19 pandemic cut last season short so I’ve pretty much been in the game since I retired from playing too. I’ve got my Level 1 Coaching qualification and recently completed a Masters in Leadership and Management.”
After being in and around the Youth game for so many seasons, Matthew is undoubtedly hugely experienced and ideal to take on the new role which will see him engaging with both the Development and Youth sides this coming season, and speaking about what attracted him to the position he continued: “I returned to Barrington Park during last season and was instantly struck by the amount of young talent at the club – across all the junior and youth sections. I was even asked to look after the Development side for a game and I loved it so the seed was sown!
“I immediately started talking to Paul [Big Time] about the potential at the club we both loved and when the opportunity arose to have a chat with the Chairman [Matt Hirst], we jumped at the chance.
“It is clear that the club has a philosophy to develop talent and see them as key to running a sustainable and successful football club and the promotion of Glenn [Horsell] and Slicker [Steve Hendry] in to the Development role is testament to this.
“These are exciting times of change at Shrivenham and it’s great to be a part of what is happening here.”
Also introducing himself, Paul Whitewood contributed: “I spent an enjoyable twelve seasons with Shrivenham and the club is something I’ve always held close to my heart.
“Since packing up playing due to injury, managing or coaching has always been something I’ve wanted to do, but it was about it being the right time and also the right project - I was never going to do it just for the sake of it, I believe in a certain ideology and philosophy and that’s what I want to implement."
“When Matt contacted me, we talked about the plan and the model the club wanted to create and it just felt right and a vision I shared one-hundred percent.
“We’ve got a great crop of young players and that’s a great platform for this football club - I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else and I’m delighted to be doing it alongside Matt Hampson and I can’t wait to get started.”