HEREFORD Academy members of the under-nine and under-10 age categories face a trip to Yate, in South Gloucestershire for matches.

Both age groups will play in the Junior Premier League against academy sides from across the country a central venue is used for all matches.

The over 100 miles round trip from Hereford will see players travel to the venue three weekends out of four each month.

All other age groups will continue to play their home matches in Herefordshire.

A statement from Hereford FC said: “Following various reports on social media, we would like to clarify the situation regarding our academy set up for the coming season. 

“Our U9s and U10s will take part in JPL league matches at a central location in Yate. All U9s and U10s within the JPL league structure will play at this central location. Teams will play on three weekends out of four.

“The advantage to teams is that they will play up to 60mins of football against quality opposition in a proven and successful environment. With one weekend off each month, we don't anticipate travelling to increase too significantly and feel that the positives of the players being able to get more game time under their belts over the course of the season, will aid their development. 

“To clarify, it is only the U9s and U10s who will play their games at this central location. All the other academy teams will continue to play their home games in Herefordshire.”

Parents make their own travel arrangements for their children in addition to the cost for joining the club's academy and purchasing kit.