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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.

Coaches from across different departments at Leicester City have joined together to offer one-of-a-kind sessions for local grassroots coaches as the Club continues to support to Grassroots football.
 

Last week, coaches from the Club’s Academy, Leicester City in the Community – its charitable arm – and the Supporter Engagement department ran an invaluable coaching session. 

Period without football has given academies the chance to see what role they play in society, according to the City Academy Director Jason Wilcox.

 

When the Covid-19 pandemic closed down football, the game shut down for everybody. From local parks right up to the Premier League, all matches have been terminated until a way to restart safely can be found.

As the scale of the coronavirus crisis became apparent, the first thought for the staff at Manchester United’s academy had nothing to do with football. “The first thing we had to think about was getting the boys home,” head of academy Nick Cox tells ESPN.

West Ham United’s Assistant Academy Manager, Jeremy Sauer, believes the Academy of Football’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is allowing it to comprehensively support its young charges.

As recent challenges continue to prove vast and varied, Sauer and the wider Academy management team have been working hard to ensure every developing player at the Club is supported mentally, physically and motivationally.

Manchester United’s Head of Academy Nick Cox has devised a programme for the club’s youngsters while they are in lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis

Manchester United’s academy setup has been working closely with its young footballers and their parents while the country is on lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

AZ Alkmaar were chasing the Eredivisie title with a group who had been at the club since the age of 12. Adam Bate caught up with academy director Paul Brandenburg to find out how they did it…

Manchester United’s Head of Academy Nick Cox has devised a programme for the club’s youngsters while they are in lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis

Manchester United’s academy setup has been working closely with its young footballers and their parents while the country is on lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

Player mentality came up several times in part two of Chelsea U18’s coach James Simmonds’ Q&A with The Coaches’ Voice Academy. Chelsea develops the whole player, and teaches them to win.

Youth teamer Dylan Moonan tells his personal story of progressing through the Clarets’ ranks

Teenage midfielder Dylan Moonan is nearing the end of his first year as a ‘scholar’ in the Clarets’ Academy.

Moonan has therefore been a full-time footballer with Burnley – combined with his in-house academic studies – for approaching 12 months.

 
 

Youth teamer Dylan Moonan tells his personal story of progressing through the Clarets’ ranks

Teenage midfielder Dylan Moonan is nearing the end of his first year as a ‘scholar’ in the Clarets’ Academy.

Moonan has therefore been a full-time footballer with Burnley – combined with his in-house academic studies – for approaching 12 months.

 
 

In light of social distancing rules and the shutdown of operations at our Cobham training ground, the official Chelsea website takes a look at how our Academy is keeping maintaining contact with players and keeping a focus on development during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

According to a study by the CIES Football Observatory, Charlton Athletic lead the way when it comes to producing top tier footballers.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have all produced some tremendous talents down the years.

Hector Bellerin, Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham are among the full internationals who have emerged from the ranks of the three London clubs in the past few seasons.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton project has echoes of Johan Cruyff’s legendary Total Football approach

But what he is trying to instil at Southampton does bear resemblance to the all-encompassing ‘Total Football’ approach the Dutch master introduced to Ajax and then took to Barcelona.

CHOOSING from Benfica’s Academy graduates of the last six years provides an XI capable of taking on most sides in world football.

Opting for a 4-3-3 formation, we have Manchester City’s Ederson in goal; a back four of Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo, Benfica duo Ruben Dias and Ferro, and City’s Joao Cancelo; the trio of Renato Sanches (Lille), Florentino (Benfica) and Andre Gomes (Everton) in midfield; and Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) and Goncalo Guedes (Valencia) in attack.

The Castilla youth system in the Spanish capital, known as ‘La Fábrica’ or The Factory, continues to produce a good number of players in the Big Five leagues.

When Gabriel Martinelli sprinted 67 yards to score at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was watching from his home in Monaco. So taken was Fabregas with the goal that he took to Twitter — not in praise of Martinelli, but the scout who spotted him: “Francis Cagigao strikes again”.

Ask any West Ham United supporter to name their favourite product of Chadwell Heath, and you’ll find scores of names crop up in return.

From World Cup-winning heroes such as Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst to more recent graduates like Declan Rice, Grady Diangana and Jeremy Ngakia, there are few sights Claret and Blue-clad supporters enjoy seeing more than one of their own on the pitch.