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Academy football is facing a huge crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs are finally preparing for their youth teams to return to training later this month – most are back on Monday July 27 – after finally being given their own separate training protocols and risk assessment programmes similar to Premier League level.

LEEDS UNITED have been awarded Category One Academy status on what has been described as a “landmark day” for the club.

The news follows announcements earlier in the week from Burnley and Crystal Palace, who have both also been elevated to the top tier, meaning there are now 27 Cat 1 clubs.

Leeds have been Cat 2 since the introduction of the EPPP system in 2012 and last year Sporting Director Victor Orta told the TGG Podcast how important it was for the club to go Cat 1.

Real Madrid have often made plenty of money from selling their academy graduates, but especially in recent years.

In fact, each of the top five transfer fees received for La Fabrica products in the club’s history have come in the last four years.

They are Alvaro Morata, Marcos Llorente, Jese Rodriguez, Raul de Tomas and now, after recently completing a move to Inter, Achraf Hakimi.

Morata became the most expensive Real Madrid academy graduate in the club’s history when he was sold to Chelsea for 66 million euros in 2017.

Crystal Palace’s Academy has officially been awarded Category One status by the Premier League

Crystal Palace
 have been looking to stamp their mark since making their arrival to the Premier League in 2013.

The redevelopment of Selhurst Park had been at the forefront of Steve Parish‘s mind for a number of seasons. However, due to Palace’s prestigious history of developing local talent, enhancing one of their most valuable assets, the academy, had, in recent years, been a top priority.

 

Chelsea football club has launched a sports nutrition app that draws up meal plans using supplements, energy boosters and bars trialled by its Premier League stars.

The app, called Blue Fuel, is the first is what is expected to be a series of commercial spin outs from its new Chelsea Digital Ventures arm.

It was developed with Stamford Bridge nutritionists and experts and was tested on the first men’s team, older academy players, and women’s teams.

It has been almost four months since Manchester United won at Everton in the Under-18 Premier League in what proved to be the final fixture of the Academy games programme.

THE Premier League will not restart the Academy games programme until 12th September at the earliest following a vote of shareholders last week – and no date has yet been set for a return to training.

It has been almost four months since Manchester United won at Everton in the Under-18 Premier League in what proved to be the final fixture of the Academy games programme.

Renovation work will now commence on the building interiors, creating new classrooms for the 220 young players and office space for staff. A state of the art gym facility will also be prioritised in the coming months, whilst cladding the original pavilion building, and the creation of a new terrace is planned for later in the summer.

Pitch enhancements have also begun, and a contractor has been appointed for the covered pitch, with works due to begin in August.

FORMER Celtic scouting chief John Park has urged the SFA to act quickly to prevent a generation of young Scottish players being thrown onto the scrapheap.

Hibernian are one side with a pedigree for producing young players who have announced they are to mothball their academy during the coronavirus crisis.

SunSport told you earlier this month about fears over Scotland’s reserve and academy game.

Promoters of the Barca Academy in Nigeria, the Blaugrana Group International, have explained that they decided to build world-class training facilities in the country to give their students the same type of structures available to youth footballers in Barcelona.

The academy in Lagos is modeled after the parent club’s facilities in Barcelona and according to the Blaugrana Group, the essence is to ensure that players produced in Nigeria meet the standard set by the Spanish club.

Speaking while inspecting work on the academy’s facilit

June 19 – Italian giants Inter Milan have added their 21st international academy project with the launch of the Inter Academy Turkey in local partnership with 3H Sport Okullari, part of Altun Logisitics.

“The project will provide important support to the development of young local football players and coaches in the country… Turkish children and young people will have the chance to train according to the high technical and ethical standards synonymous with Inter while remaining in their own countries – the perfect place for them to develop as both footballers and human beings,” said an Inter press release.

Even at a young age of 22, Chennaiyin FC’s Anirudh Thapa has established himself as one of the best midfielders in India, with consistent performances for both club and country.

A lot of credit for Thapa’s rise in stature over the years lies with the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Elite Academy which identified his talent and gave him an opportunity to fulfill it. Thapa was also sent on a three-month long training stint to Ligue 1 side FC Metz which he feels has been highly beneficial in his growth.

HOW do you judge the success of an Academy?

Nick Cox, who oversees Manchester United’s, admits: “The most obvious measure is helping young people to make debuts and have successful careers as footballers.”

On that marker, United are doing exceptionally well. Homegrown players like Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Brandon Williams and Jesse Lingard are all regulars in the first team.

The Academy began its activities in July 2017and was the first in the world to be granted PRO status

fter three seasons in operation, Barça Academy PRO New York is changing the way it is managed and during the forthcoming 2020-21 campaign it will be run solely by FC Barcelona. The presence of the Barça offices in the heart of New York City has driven the school in this direction, the aim being for the club to have a greater influence on the development of grassroots soccer in the United States. 

The club are recruiting sleep-in guardians and mentors to help nurture their stars of the future.

Manchester City are on the hunt for ‘houseparents’ to help look after their stars of the future.

The Blues are advertising four roles involving the care and mentioning of some of the club’s dozens of young academy hopefuls.

In my opinion, there has been a slowness to react in a wider sense and a profound lack of innovation in dealing with what has become the ‘new normal’, but this has not been the case with a department that has placed the well-being of its youngsters at the forefront of its thinking.

Manchester City academy director Jason Wilcox has warned the club’s players of the difficulty of breaking into the first team.

Phil Foden is expected to succeed David Silva in Pep Guardiola’s plans next season in what would be the biggest breakthrough for the academy in the Sheikh Mansour era.

But Wilcox told the Manchester Evening News: “We’ve got to try to produce players that are better than the players that the manager wants to buy.

“The younger the lads are when they get to know me, the more normal that psychology becomes for them as they progress through the Academy, which is important,” explains Lori Hedman-Nice, Performance Psychology and Player Well-being.

Each and every week, particularly at this challenging time, the importance of the support that Hedman provides to athletes at the Academy of Football cannot be understated.

Barcelona are a team well-known for their renowned academy, La Masia, as the Catalans’ production lines is responsible for some of the best players to ever grace the footballing pitch, not just in La Liga, but across the globe.

But it’s been years since the golden generation conquered the world, clinching Champions League and domestic titles for Barcelona in its rampage, and there is a sense that the well has dried up just a little bit.

Many characters play an enormous part in a success story from the shadows. Eric Harrison was one of them.

After Matt Busby’s famous “Busby Babes”, Manchester United academy produced another bunch of extremely talented young players who later achieved great feats with club and country. Originally known as the “Fergie’s Fledglings”, they became famous as the “Class of ’92”. It was fitting that when Eric Harrison passed away at the age of 81, it led everyone to acknowledge where the credit for a remarkable generation was due.

Real Madrid’s academy not only produces talent for its first team squad, but hundreds of players, coaches and other staff are fulfilling their potential across the world.

Known as La Fabrica, the Real Madrid academy is the breeding ground for countless professionals who have gone on to have success in the game.

 

Following the closure of West Ham United’s Academy training facilities at Chadwell Heath due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, programmes of holistic development have been delivered online to the Club’s young players.

For the Hammers’ PDP (Professional Development Phase – U23s and U18s squads) this meant that, as well as maintaining group training sessions over video calls during lockdown, individualised training programmes have been designed to maintain players’ fitness while self-isolating.

THE Premier League will begin regulating pre-Academy football for the first time from next season, but there will be no minimum age at which players can train with clubs.

Currently, clubs are allowed to register players from the Under-9s, although many have been running younger teams and recruiting much earlier.

The new regulations – which are expected to be rubber-stamped at the Premier League’s AGM in June and come into force for the 2020/21 season – are an attempt to regulate the pre-Academy system.

Sam Greenwood says club recognises young players’ concerns and has made Kate Green available for group and individual chats

Under the Mertesacker title ‘Aspire Fellows Web Gathering, Aspire Academy hosted an online presentation on ‘Crisis and Uncertainty on Monday, that virtually gathered 93 people of 50 elite football clubs and federations from all over the world.

The event was part of the ‘Aspire in the World Fellows programme, that was launched by Aspire Academy in 2014 and aims to embrace, gather and lead the best practitioners in football performance to create a platform to gather and synergise the know-how of worldwide expertise. The aim is to offer recommendations for the management and training methodology of youth football players in order to enhance their psycho-physical performance.

Under the title ‘Aspire Fellows Web Gathering, Aspire Academy hosted an online presentation on ‘Crisis and Uncertainty on Monday, that virtually gathered 93 people of 50 elite football clubs and federations from all over the world.

The event was part of the ‘Aspire in the World Fellows programme, that was launched by Aspire Academy in 2014 and aims to embrace, gather and lead the best practitioners in football performance to create a platform to gather and synergise the know-how of worldwide expertise. The aim is to offer recommendations for the management and training methodology of youth football players in order to enhance their psycho-physical performance.

Gothenburg Great Neil Simpson has vowed to produce exciting Dons talents with a winning mentality like Sir Alex Ferguson.

As head of Aberdeen’s youth academy, Simpson is dedicated to delivering skilful players for Derek McInnes’ first team.

However, he insists young talent will also have the will to win and determination that was a signature of Sir Alex’s legendary side that conquered Europe and dominated Scotland.

Spanish lessons, baking and online Q&As with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are providing youngsters with routine and structure

Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have faced some tough audiences down the years. But the former Manchester United midfielders had perhaps not reckoned on a grilling about the shortcomings of England’s so-called “golden generation” of footballers from an eight year old academy player during the lockdown. 

ter City’s academy teams have seen their season cancelled by the Premier League.

Manchester City’s academy teams have seen their season cancelled by the Premier League.

By their own admission, Manchester City’s academy sides aim to win as many trophies as possible at youth level. So where do they go now after the news that all academy football has been cancelled for this season?

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Gorst takes a look back at the Kirkby Academy’s season with Liverpool Under-18 boss Barry Lewtas

The curtailing of English football’s youth season last week was sudden, if not surprising.

On Friday, the football authorities took the decision to immediately call off all Under-18 and 23s action with immediate effect as the game continues to find the best solutions for a sport crippled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

BAYERN MUNICH have announced they are scraping their Under-9 and U10 teams, meaning entry level to their Academy will be at U11s from the summer of 2022.

The U9s will not run from 2021/22 and the U10s will be defunct from the end of that season.

Holger Seitz, Deputy Sports Director at the FC Bayern Campus, said: “FC Bayern is aware of its social responsibility, especially for the very young footballers in the Munich area and the neighbouring regions.

Pedro Rodriguez, the youngest resident at Barcelona‘s La Masia academy, has revealed how he is learning English during lockdown.

Pedro‘s family is originally from Granada and he has been forced to move back home during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Raul is my tutor and he’s helping me get in contact with my English teacher,” the Alevin A player told Barcelona‘s official website.