Saturday 26th June 2021,
North Edinburgh Community News

Hibs enter Civil partnership with local football club

Hibs have entered a strategic partnership with local club Civil Service Strollers.

The Lowland League side, who play their home games at Christie Gillies Park, have huge ambitions to develop both at youth and senior level.

This follows similar partnerships Hibs have with English Premier League side Brighton, Scottish League Two outfit Stenhousemuir, and USL Championship team Charleston Battery over in the United States.

Hibs youngster, Ryan Shanley, was loaned to Civil for a season.

Hibernian Sporting Director Graeme Mathie explained: “This strategic partnership is another key step in our Player Pathway model.

“We have utilised the loan system as part of our player development strategy for some time now and are convinced that early exposure to men’s football is key to the transition of young players from the Academy into the professional game.

“Civil Service Strollers have been an excellent partner for us for a number of seasons now and we are delighted to formalise the relationship at this time.”

Talented younger players like Jayden Fairley, Jack Brydon and Callum Yeats – who made a move to Queen’s Park this week – have all progressed from playing with Civil Service Strollers into the football league with Stenhousemuir, and the hope is that more Hibernian players can be offered similar opportunities in the near future.

Graeme added that Strollers head coach Gary Jardine will be a huge asset to the partnership moving forward.

He added “He has taken a number of Hibernian young players on loan both from his time coaching Edinburgh City, and over the last number of years with Civil Service Strollers.

Civil gaffer Gary Jardine.

“Gary has shown a willingness and desire to play young players and all Hibernian players he has worked with over the years have been far better equipped for the demands of professional football having spent time working with him.

“We have spent a considerable amount of time and effort developing our strategic partnerships over the last 12 months and it would be great to see a young player’s journey progress from Civil Service to Stenhousemuir, to Charleston Battery, to the Hibernian First Team to Brighton in the EPL in coming years.”

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