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Academies Policy

The clubs stated position is that whilst we recognise academies may be beneficial for the truly exception player we believe that academies are often detrimental to the development of young players who are all too often recruited at far too young an age. This unfortunately takes players, who statistically have an extremely small chance of becoming a professional footballer, out of main stream grass roots youth football and remove the opportunity to enjoy playing football with their friends and develop their technical ability without the constant the pressure of potentially losing their academy position. The clubs view is that if players are allowed to develop naturally and they have the talent they will be identified and have the opportunity to sign for an academy at a more appropriate age of 13 or 14.


This policy applies to all scouts who wish to speak to the parents of a signed player and parents who are approached or wish to sign or train with professional clubs.