TORQUAY United are delighted to confirm changes in our structure that will provide fresh support to bring success to our first-team and enhance the progress of players within our Football Development Programme.

Manager Gary Owers will oversee all football matters at the club, allowing us to set in place a structure and philosophy that remains consistent for all players at Torquay United.

Shaun Taylor (pictured) is the new assistant manager to the first-team, resuming the role he undertook during the tenure of Martin Ling as boss. Shaun brings with him a wealth of experience from playing the game at the highest level and many years as a respected coach. Shaun will also remain as a head of coaching for the Football Development Programme.

Dave Hedges will become the new head of youth in our Football Development Programme, whilst still working as head of recruitment, using his knowledge and contacts to build a strong and stable youth structure. We are now actively recruiting for a new assistant head of youth to support Dave Hedges and work with our Under-18 side at Torquay Academy. Kelly Roberts will be in charge of all administration for the Football Development Programme.

“This represents an exciting step forward for Torquay United in our aim to establish a solid structure to everything we do in the football department,” said Gary Owers.

“I am under no illusions that my major priority is to bring success to our first-team and achieve the results we all want, but a significant factor in reaching this goal is to develop a football structure at Torquay United that can work for all age groups.

“We will do everything possible to ensure Torquay United is fighting at the top end of the National League South and I am thrilled to have a man of Shaun Taylor’s character and experience by my side for the challenges ahead.

“It has been a significant undertaking to restart a youth system at Torquay United and we know there have been many hurdles to overcome. The appointment of Dave Hedges, his future assistant and Kelly Roberts will provide parents and players within our system the reassurance that we are looking to build a sustainable programme to last many years.

“The ultimate aim of the Football Development Programme is to bring through players to our first-team by giving them a consistent message and explaining a clear pathway for talented young footballers.”