Newcastle will be receiving Category One status for their Youth Academy before 2013 rolls around, according to some good news being reported in the Newcastle Journal this morning, and that Academy status is very important for the club.
Joe Joyce - Newcastle’s Academy Manager
Newcastle’s Academy was surprisingly assessed not to be at the level required to earn the Category One mark initially a few months ago, and that was an embarrassment as the top status brings maximum benefits to the Academy, such as a minimum of £775K in funding every year, and it allows the club to bring in youngsters from all over the country, rather than just from the local area.
And given one of the pillars of Newcastle’s future hinges on the acquisition and development of youngsters – not receiving Category One status at the first attempt was a blow – and quite an embarrassment.
But as with all disappointments, there’s always the chance of a good recovery, and it looks like behind the scenes that’s just exactly what Newcastle have been doing over these last several months.
As a reminder, the Premier League are pushing this whole initiative as part of their Elite Player Performance Plan, and each Academy is graded at one of four levels.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Category One status is expected to be given within the next few months, and it seems the areas where Newcastle did not meet requirements, which are still unknown, have quickly been upgraded – and that’s very good news.
Of course this was all a little too embarrassing with both Middlesbrough and Sunderland immediately earning Category One status – and Newcastle have been silent on the whole thing, and we don’t even know the specific areas the club were lacking, but we suppose all’s well that ends well.
And the club have very quickly put things right – or so it would appear.
One of the advantages Newcastle have that bolsters their case is the number of youngsters Newcastle have used so far this season, although we cannot take credit for Gael Bigirimana, but players like Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier and Shane Ferguson are coming through very nicely this season.
This is good news for Newcastle.
Personal note – I’m a little bit slow off the mark this morning – yesterday was my 40th wedding anniversary and Madeline and I and the family were celebrating a little bit – a glass of wine too much – or was it that last bottle that was too much?
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