Saturday 28 July 2012
The independent audit of club youth development programmes that forms part of the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) has taken place at 12 English professional clubs.
This is the beginning of a process that will see all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs have their Academies audited by an organisation that performs a similar role in professional football in Germany.
The audit will look at factors such as:
- Productivity rates
- Coaching provisions
- Quality of facilities
- Education & Welfare provisions
The audit will give Academies a Category status of one to four, with one being the most elite. It will take into account a number of factors including:
The higher a club's category the more central funding it will receive and, with a budget of up to £300m over the next four seasons, the EPPP will see the Premier League invest more central income than ever before in Youth Development programmes across the country.
The EPPP has been two years in the making and is designed to enhance the youth development work going on at Premier League and Football League clubs in order to produce more and better home-grown players.
It was formulated after wide consultation with the Premier League and its clubs, representatives of the Football League, The Football Association and other key stakeholders.
Click here for full details about the Elite Player Performance Plan