Ross County Football Club are delighted to announce that former player and UEFA Pro Licence holder, Steven Ferguson, has been named as their first ever Academy Director.
Three years ago Ferguson made the move from First Team Assistant Manager (under Derek Adams) to accept the role of Head of Youth & Community. In his time in that role his team have transformed the youth pathway at the club right through from community grassroots to the Championship-Winning Development Squad. With a sustainable structure and procedures in place, Ferguson’s new role will see him take Ross County Youth development to the next level.
In his new role Ferguson will still have overall responsibility for the management of Youth & Community development at Ross County Football Club but his focus will now be on creating an Elite Performance Academy in Dingwall for players aged from 8-18 years old, which is central to the club’s youth strategy and vision for the future.
Ferguson has been tasked with putting a specialist team in place that will deliver on all aspects of an Elite Performance Academy. The process has already started, with Gordon Duff taking up his new role as Community Manager and Calum MacAskill leaving St Mirren to join as Academy Physiotherapist, with more appointments expected next week.
“After a number of lengthy discussion with our Chairman - Roy MacGregor - it became apparent that, three years on from setting out on the journey to revolutionise youth development at the club, that we still shared the same passion and vision to push on and achieve the next phase of creating an elite performance academy,” said Ferguson.
“It was an easy decision to accept the role of Academy Director,” adds Ferguson. “We have been able to achieve a lot over the last three years - which has taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people - but we have out-grown our current set up and feel the time is right for change that will let us continue to grow moving forward.”
Speaking about Ferguson’s appointment, Chairman, Roy MacGregor, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Steven has accepted the offer to become our first Academy Director. He has been integral in getting the club as far as have with youth development - along the way earning his UEFA Pro Licence, which is a fantastic personal achievement from which the club and it’s young players are benefitting, too.
“Steven is the perfect guy to deliver on our vision of having an elite performance academy at the the club,” adds MacGregor. “He has played over 200 games for - as well as captaining - the club and has also had spells as Assistant and Caretaker Manager of the first team.
“Under his stewardship the academy will enable the club to identify and develop talent from the Highland region which I think will have offer huge opportunities and have a significant impact on young people within our community.”