BANGOR City have issued an update on their progressing Youth Development Centre.

The JD Cymru North side confirmed they now have eight full squads involved with the scheme, ranging from under eight up to U15 level.

This includes a number of former Citizens’ Academy players that have made a return to the club, who are now working with more than 100 young prospects from the region.

City president Dominico Serafino, said: ‘Young players are at the centre of our project, they are a real asset for Bangor City, they represent the rebirth of our club.

“I am very happy with the work of the coaches and volunteers who have dedicated their precious time towards the progression of the Youth Development Centre.”

Bill Abbott, who is the club’s head of recruitment and retention, has been very busy in recent weeks arranging some high-profile fixtures against established sides such as Tranmere Rovers, with more games yet to be announced.

The initiative has also been boosted by the presence of former professional Hugo Colace, who is the centre’s co-ordinator alongside his playing duties.

The Citizens’ also confirmed that they would not be implementing heading during coaching sessions for players from U8 to 12.

This follows on from Llandudno’s decision to ban heading after it was outlawed in primary schools across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland over fears of long-term damage to mental health.

“Coaches at Bangor City’s Youth Development Centre applaud the fine example set by Llandudno FC and in line with new research regarding the heading of footballs, we will also not be incorporating any heading into our training sessions,” added Colace.

Bangor City return to competitive action on Saturday when they welcome Ruthin Town to the Eurogold Stadium, before travelling to Buckley Town the following Tuesday.