England international Ashley Young is supporting a new coaching school set up by two former Watford coaches.

Young has thrown his weight behind Forward Football, which was set up by Bob Hill and Chris Cummins, who was hugely influential in the development of Young at Watford.

Cummins discovered Young when he was a part-time scout for the Hornets and helped nurture the winger through the ranks after he became a coach.at the club.

Young, who signed for Aston Villa in a £9.65m deal in January 2007, said: “I would definitely recommend the coaches who are delivering this opportunity to the many players who perhaps feel they have been forgotten, or who have been through a similar experience to myself. And I will be following the fortunes of those players with Forward Football in future years.”

Cummins went on to coach at Luton Town and in the MLS with Toronto after leaving Watford.

Hill, who worked with Cummins at Watford, has also coached at Millwall, Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers, helping develop the likes of Adrian Mariappa, Marc Bircham and Raheem Sterling.

The pair have recently set up Forward Football and will be holding sessions one day a week at Parmiter’s School in Watford, at Harrow School and at the Arena in Baldock.

The 12-week course for 12 to 17-year-olds will be starting in the week commencing September 6.

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