FORMER Worcester City assistant coach Andy Bevan has joined Malvern Town as Head of Coaching as part of a partnership with League One side Cheltenham Town. 

Bevan will perform his role at Malvern alongside his one with Cheltenham, where he is currently the Development Team Manager. 

Bevan, who was assistant at City under Tim Harris for a period of time at the start of the 2021/22 season, will oversee coaching for the senior, development and U18 side at The HDAnywhere Community Stadium.

The move will also begin a working relationship between Malvern and Cheltenham to create opportunities for players at The Robins to join The Hillsiders on loan.

"I am delighted to be joining this fast growing, enthusiastic and progressive football club," said Bevan.

"There are some very good people at the helm of the club and these are exciting times with promotion into The Southern League.

"I’d like to thank everyone at Cheltenham Town, especially Tim Bell [Academy Manager] for his support in making this happen alongside my current role within the Cheltenham Town Academy.

"I can’t wait to get started – the start of pre-season can’t come soon enough for me!" 

The relationship will see both clubs hold regular player progression meetings and share coaching, sports science, sports psychology, player data and video analysis resources.

Director of Football at Malvern, Philip Earl, added: "I am delighted that Andy has agreed to join our management and coaching team to offer his expertise to all levels of our Player Pathway that underpins our growth and success on the pitch.

"It is testament to our professionalism that we can attract the interest of an EFL League One club to work with us in a mutually beneficial venture.

"I look forward to a long and productive partnership with Andy and Cheltenham Town FC."