PRESTWICH Heys reported back for training last week in readiness for the 2015-16 season which begins on August 15.

After the disappointment of missing out on promotion to the North West Counties League last season Heys are fully focused on making the step up this time round.

The ground now meets the required grading which means all attention can be centred on the playing side and manager Jon Lyons has been busy in strengthening his squad for the challenges ahead.

More than 20 players were present at last week’s first session with a host of new faces in attendance whom the Heys boss is hoping will put pen to paper.

Lyons has also been active with changes to his backroom staff with the appointment of Ian Hutchinson as his new assistant.

It marks a return to the club for the former full-back who was a member of Heys title-winning sides under Adie Moran.

Hutchinson has also had spells at Bury, Ramsbottom and Walshaw and his experience and knowledge of the local football scene will provide great support to Jon Lyons heading into the new season.

The Heys boss moved to appoint Hutchinson after Karl Kavanagh stepped aside due to work and family commitments. However, he will remain at the club joining the committee in an off-field role.

There have also been changes at reserve team level where Jeff Kavanagh has stood down as manager.

After three seasons at the helm, Kavanagh has called it a day due to increased work and family commitments but will continue to assist the club as and when he can.

He quits at the top, having overseen a superb season as his side swept to the Reserve Division Championship by an emphatic 13-point margin, losing only one game in the process.

Whilst in charge he also over saw the progression into the first team of young players like Danny Eyres, Liam Dunn, , Lewis Smith and Sam Modlinsky.

Lyons paid tribute to his work saying “I want to thank Jeff for everything he's done for the club. I couldn't have asked for a better reserve team manager. He always put the needs of the first team before everything and still got results culminating in the deserved title success this season."

The Heys boss has moved fast to appoint a new manager in Matt Jolly.

He is another Heys stalwart having enjoyed success at 1st team and Reserve team level over many years and this season has dovetailed between the two teams and will ensure that the club ethics embedded over the past three years continue.

The build up to the pre-season sees Heys in action in three different cups and well as playing a number of friendlies. The first game on July 8 is an away day at Breightmet in the Kenyon Cup before a friendly at Beechfield United three days later. Heys are back in Kenyon Cup action on July 18 when they travel to Heywood St James before a first home friendly against FC United of Manchester on July 21. Saturday, July 25 is already looking like a busy day with a friendly against Tempest United and an Atherton Charity Cup game against Breightmet scheduled. A trip to Hindsford in the Bolton Hospital Cup takes place on July 29 before a home friendly against Radcliffe Borough on August 1. Prestwich complete their pre-season fixtures at home to Ainsworth on August 4.