Welsh says the only way players will improve is by playing better opposition and this will mean getting off the Island to play.Welsh said: ‘I’m ambitious and I want to put a good programme together for the players.
We have the FA County Cup and the Muratti to look forward to but I want more games.
There are numerous tournaments we can take part in and if I can raise the money I also want to arrange a weekend of games playing Chelsea and Southampton’s under-16s away.’Caen in France we played last season and hopefully we can visit them again to play their under-16s.
France is only a boat trip away and Rennes and Nantes are matches that are not out of the question.’On Monday I sent a fax off to arrange an international match against Andorra, that too is not too far to travel either.’Welsh, who has the backing of the JFA Council, will try to raise most of the capital from potential sponsors.He added: ‘£13,000 sounds a lot of money but broken down into small amounts like £500 and £250 pounds it will be a bit easier to find.
Sponsors will get coverage in match programmes and hopefully we can get each player sponsored individually as well.’It means a lot of work getting in touch with potential sponsors and I’m prepared to do it.’If we want our footballers to progress we have to play better opposition and to do that we have to have money so hopefully I’m going to go out and find some.
Sums of £500 or £250 I don’t think should be too much of a hardship for some of the sponsors I have in mind.’