Wolves are delighted to confirm the appointment of Gareth Prosser as Academy Manager.
Prosser, who joined the Club in 2008, has been Acting Academy Manager since Kevin Thelwell moved up to become the Head of Football Development and Recruitment back in January.
Wolves are into their second year as a Category One Academy, putting them up amongst the best in the country, and are aiming to continue to develop and improve to ensure the highest possible quality of young players coming through.
“When we had the change of structure Gareth became the Acting Academy Manager and has been fulfilling the role for the last seven months,” says Thelwell.
“He has done an excellent job and has now been formally appointed in the role which is great news for him and also great news for us.
“Gareth has been with the Academy for a number of years and I think everyone can see from pre-season already some of the players who have come through during that time and are now in and around the first team.
“It is important to have the continuity and to make sure the Academy programme is sustained and that is what we are doing by appointing Gareth to the role on a permanent basis.”
Prior to joining Wolves as Assistant Academy Manager, Prosser worked in a similar capacity with Derby County, before which he worked as Football Development Officer for the Welsh FA.
He is a holder of the UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence and has also represented Wolves on behalf of the Premier League with their flagship ‘Premier Skills’ initiative.
He is also due to complete his UEFA Pro Licence in October.
“I am seven months into the role which I have been carrying out in an acting capacity,” says Prosser.
“I am very pleased that it has now been made permanent and that we now have an opportunity to build on the good work and the terrific platform in place at the Academy.
“I have been heavily involved in the Academy programme from arriving at the club in the summer of 2008, and knowing the players, staff and parents will help in terms of the continuity and also being able to build going forwards.
“We are heading into a new season now and seeing a lot of the younger players who have come through the Academy and Under-21s get their opportunities, and that is what we are here for.
“To be awarded Category One status was a fantastic achieved by everyone concerned but the challenge for all of us now is to keep that production line of players coming through – there is a lot of hard work ahead.”