WORCESTER City's Youth Chairman and long-standing servant to the club Mark Wilcox has stepped down from his role after 11 years.

Wilcox also served as City director during the club's National League North days and initial season in the MFL.

Head of Youth Development Nigel Upson will step up into the role in an interim capacity whilst the club searches for a long-term appointment.

Wilcox moved from Nunnery Wood Colts in 2010 and has since overseen the growth of the club's youth section, which now included 20 sides ranging from boys under 7s all the way up to the reserves.

Mark also set firm foundations for women's football having established the u17s, u23s and a first-team in more recent times.

The well-respected and popular City man said it was a difficult decision to make but admitted the time was now right.

"This has been a very difficult and emotional decision but, after almost 20 years in junior football and with our youth section in very good shape, it feels like the time is right to hand over the reins,"

said Wilcox.

"Whilst reflecting on my past 11 years, I will take enormous pride in what has been achieved by everyone involved throughout the club and together we've really put our youth section on the map.

"As a club, so much has been achieved over the years with the hard work of our youth committee, the dedication of our managers and coaches and the support received from players and parents."

Worcester chairman Steve Goode expressed his gratitude for a man who leaves behind a "true legacy to his tenacity for youth football".

"Mark has made his impression by contributing a significant amount of time over the years voluntarily to the benefit of Worcester City FC’s future generations," he said.

"Along with his colleagues on the youth committee, Mark has laid solid foundations for us to continue to grow our youth football set-up on, a true legacy to his tenacity for youth football.

"We are exceptionally grateful for his graft over the years, we wish him and his family the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming him to Claines Lane for a game soon."

City also released the following statement: "The Football Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Mark for his commitment over the years as an integral part of Worcester City’s journey. We wish him and his family the very best or the future."