Is there a virus in football academies?

So why do we need to rebuild belief in England’s football academies? Listen to this: “There is a virus of premature professionalisation of children’s football.” Those are the words of someone working at a football club academy. Five years after the launch of the Elite Player Performance Programme (EPPP), it is estimated that only 25 per cent of the people working in academies are coaches. Many of the remainder are…

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Why we’re hosting Rebuilding the Belief 2

Looking back on 2018, there are many personal reasons for Teresa, our 16-year-old son Nicholas and I to be happy – and we’re proud of the work of our company CGM too. But one of the best things that has happened this year has been hosting our first Rebuilding the Belief conference in April at our Media Centre in Worcester. Rebuilding the Belief is the title of my sequel to…

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Future of football academies under spotlight in Worcester

How to put the best interests of children first in football is the theme of an all-day conference being staged at CGM Media Centre in Worcester next month. Rebuilding the Belief 2 will be held on Friday, December 7, and will feature four speakers with vast knowledge of the game and discussions about the English football academy system. The line-up of speakers includes: Fulham FC academy operations manager Lee Hagger;…

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