Forget the EPPP! – Our simple guide to help the England team

After England’s dismal performance against Chilli recently, we thought it would be a great time to publish our simple blueprint for success as it is clear that no one at the FA has the answer. Take a look at how Chilli play, take a look at how Spain play, take a look at how Germany […] Read more »

Football Academy Contracts – The YD Forms

Signing for a football Academy can be a life changing move for both players and parents and should not be taken lightly. During the time that I have been involved in the Academy system, one thing that stands out above all else is the lack of information and advice, particularly when it comes to signing […] Read more »

How to get a trial at a football Academy

football academy trials

Lately, I’ve been getting lots of comments from parents that have sons training in the Academy system but haven’t yet been signed. There seems to be quite a bit of confusion surrounding the whole process of training with a club and then going on to sign a contract. So I thought I’d set out the […] Read more »

Football Academy Assessments – It’s that time of year again!

Does your academy have a Grim Reaper?

Well, another season is about to end and the twice yearly player assessments are now upon us. Most clubs will have already done their final assessments resulting in most players finally discovering their fate. After all those training sessions, matches, and journeys up and down the motorway, its decision time for all the players across […] Read more »

Football League Youth Development Rules 2013

football league youth development

Have you been wondering what the rules actually mean regarding the new Elite Player Performance Plan? We’ve obtained a copy of the latest Football League Development rules that govern football academies from 2013. You can download a copy here. The document is over 300 pages long and covers everything from leadership and management of an […] Read more »

Has the EPPP improved your academy in 2013?

The Elite Player Performance plan is now in full swing and most clubs have decided which category they would like to be in and many have now had their audits c9onfirmingwhich category they are going to be awarded. As the EPPP is all about player development, we would like to know what you think of […] Read more »

Could the Elite Player Performance Plan put some academies out of business?

EPPP - Is it all about money

The categorisation of football academies under the forthcoming Elite Player Performance Plan is still as clear as mud! Most clubs have decided which category they would like to be in and are now planning their own self-audits in anticipation of the forthcoming external audit programme by the governing body. The twenty Premier League clubs will […] Read more »

The real cost of taking your son to a football academy?

Arsneal Football Academy

What a great feeling it is when your son is scouted by your local football academy. All his Sunday League team mates look on with envy and the parents have that wonderful look of jealousy as the scout tentatively approaches you on the side lines as you watch your son on a Sunday morning. The […] Read more »

Academy football – are we missing a trick?

football academy players

A friend of mine recently travelled over to Spain on business whilst working with a sports goods manufacturer. Whilst he was over there, he spent some time in a number of club academies and training centres. Apart from the obvious differences between football academies in Spain and the UK, such as the glorious weather, immaculate […] Read more »

Football Academy FAQ


Thinking of joining a Football Academy? If your son is an aspiring footballer and you are thinking about joining a football academy or centre of excellence you might want to read on before signing your footballing life away in a fit of excitement! When you join a football academy or centre of excellence you are […] Read more »