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Developing homegrown talent

1 Jun 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

Young players enjoyed more minutes on the pitch as the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan helped to increase opportunities.

Since the launch of the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan in 2012, significant steps have been made to develop homegrown players.

The Premier League and our clubs have invested more than £800m to enhance facilities and increase the number and quality of coaches - going from 250 working full-time in Academies throughout the Premier League and EFL to around 800 today.

There has also been a focus on ensuring higher standards of education and welfare, while an age-appropriate and varied games programme provides players with regional, national and international festival and tournament experiences.

In 2018/19, the Premier League Youth Department administered 10,000 fixtures, in addition to delivering 212 festivals and tournaments across the Under-9 to Under-23 age groups.

Some of the best young English talent is also thriving in European competitions and across the age groups at international level.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a great example. The 20-year-old made 29 Premier League appearances in 2018/19 and helped Liverpool win the UEFA Champions League. He also ended the campaign with five senior England caps to his name.

Did you know? 

754 minutes played on average by homegrown debutants in 2018/19, a 17 per cent increase on 2017/18

354 homegrown player debuts since 2012

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