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Brothers shaping youngsters' futures

Find out how Stuart and Martin Jones are working together to provide an education both on and off the pitch

16 February 2018

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Two brothers are helping to shape the futures of youngsters in Lancashire, both on the football pitch and in the classroom.

Stuart Jones is Rovers' Head of Academy, while his brother Martin heads up the BTEC sport programme at Moorland School in Clitheroe, which has been a partner of the club for over 18 months.

The mutually-beneficial link-up allows for shared knowledge, facilities and programmes and both Stuart and Martin have been delighted to see progress on and pitch. 

“I tell a lot of people that, ultimately, we want to develop young players. That’s what we’re about," Stuart said.

“With regards to Moorland, it’s been a really beneficial partnership - for example, a lot of our educational programme for our scholars is done at Moorland.

“For Moorland, for them to use our facilities and have that day-release provision is fantastic. It gives them a real insight in to what happens at the Academy.

“I think we will also benefit from the link-up in terms of recruitment, there are a lot of players who go through Moorland who we potentially have access to.

"It was strange at first, working alongside my brother, but I think we're getting used to it! It's been fantastic for everyone."

Martin added: "It makes things easier working with Stuart, but all of the staff have been great with us. They treat our scholars as their own.

"We think we've got something unique here, it's a fantastic partnership with allows us to use the Academy and Senior Training Centre facilities.

"The boys get to live the life of an Academy player and I think it gives them drive and motivation to become better players and people. 

"We aim to give the boys a quality football programme and supplement it with the educational side of things.

"We hopefully want to give them opportunities within football, whether that's at Rovers or elsewhere, as well as an educational route if that doesn't work out."

Click here to read more about the Moorland partnership.

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