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Peppermints to relaunch reserves as ‘academy’

By Tom Howe 20th January 2021

Peppermints to relaunch reserves as ‘academy’
Newquay’s Director of Football, Martin Burnell

Winds of change are sweeping around Mount Wise with Newquay AFC’s Director of Football proposing to relaunch the club’s reserves as an academy team for the 2021-22 season.
Martin Burnell, an FA coaching mentor who, amongst other qualifications, holds UEFA B and level two goalkeeping badges, is settling into his new role alongside his existing responsibility as chairman of Newquay AFC Youth.

Burnell, who played for Newquay himself under the management of Trevor Mewton during the 1980s, aims to utilize his vast experience to create a shared ethos and philosophy throughout each team representing the club.

The first step towards doing so will see Burnell implement clear integration for Newquay’s under-18s into the main club, with the formation of an academy team aimed at 18 to 23-year-olds who will train at the same time as the club’s first team squad and lose their tag of ‘reserves’.

“The role of a Director of Football is to link all of the teams within a club,” said Burnell, who represented the Air Force plus the likes of Melton Mowbury and Carterton Town as a player before managing Brize Norton and Holton.

“I have got my own strategic plan for where we go with the youth; a five-year plan to get coaches up and running and more girls teams etc. With the main club, it is the same thing. I have been working closely with Simon [York, outgoing reserve team manager] since he came down here but that didn’t work out.

“Tony Mackellar [first-team manager] and I have been working closely together too. We have discussed the reserves, who have lost that community spirit a little bit.

We have got a couple of people in mind to see things through until the end of the season with me involved. Then, for the 2021-22 season, we will be looking to appoint a management team for what we are going to call an academy team. It is time to have some
modern thinking. The term reserves and second team doesn’t get people into the club. It will be an academy side linked to the first-team.

We have a couple of people who will hold that over until the beginning of the season, when we will advertise for a team manager, an assistant manager, a coach and a physio.”

York left his post as reserve team manager last week and, with the threat of covid-19 putting a stop to the current grassroots football season, Burnell aims to use time off the pitch wisely and put measures in place to help the club realise their aspirations.

“I am going to try and emulate the first-team set-up for our academy team,” he continued, referring to the club’s South West Peninsula League combination of Tony Mackellar (manager), Shaun Middleton (assistant manager), Ashley Bradshaw (head coach) and Ross McConie (physio).

“We will hold formal interviews for that and take it from there. We are looking closely at what kind of person we want. “For me, if we have the right people in place, we could do alright. We are looking for players to come back to the club so, if anybody is interested in playing for us, please get in touch. This is a brand new start.”

For more information, or to register your interest as a player or part of the proposed management team, call Burnell on 07944 809980 or email

By Tom Howe 20th January 2021

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