After almost four seasons at the club, Fran Constancio, the driving force behind the Biggleswade United Academy, has decided that the time is now right for him to hand over the reins of our burgeoning youth programme to new hands.

Since his arrival at the club in February 2015 – a recommendation from former Valencia manager Pako Ayestaran – he built from nothing an Academy which now boasts 13 sides comprising more than 150 young boys and girls aged from seven to 16, as well as a Wildcat Soccer Club for girls aged from 5-11.

He first became an assistant head coach to Cristian Colas in the first team in the 2016/17 season, finishing the highest ever position for the club at that point. He moved to the role of Head of Academy in the summer of 2017, alongside running our first Academy girls team, one of the most successful teams in the area of their age group, which ended up developing footballers that have already played with the first team.

His advice to coaches, his commitment, his leadership values, his detailed methodology and his charisma have made him a special member of the club in the eyes of players, coaches, secretaries, volunteers, fans and board members.

Speaking about his contribution to Biggleswade United, Club Chairman Guillem Balagué said of Fran:

“When I decided to get involved with Biggleswade United I asked my good friend  Ayestaran if he knew of a young coach with a global vision of the club.”

“One of his assistants recommended Fran Constancio who was in Birmingham at the time taking some time off after nearly a decade of football involvement at Valencia and was looking to try to build himself a new life in the UK.”

“It was without doubt one of the best decisions I have made in my time with the club.”

“Fran has laid the foundations for an Academy that grows bigger by the season as well as guaranteeing a standard of coaching for all its members that is second to none in our area.”

“We will miss him, but we know that he has laid the foundations that will guarantee the future development of our Academy and we know that we have the people in place that will now carry on and develop further the indefatigable work he undertook in his time with the club.”

“Fran has left behind a strong core of volunteers and a modern structure with which the club will continue his legacy.

“He leaves with the best wishes for the future from everyone at the club and I know he will not make himself a stranger from Second Meadow.”

The club, in conversation with members of the Academy and after considering Fran’s suggestions, is finishing the creation of the new structure that will replace him. But today it is all about saying Hasta Luego to Fran. Best wishes from every member of  Biggleswade United