More than 550 academy staff attended the Premier League Youth Development Conference this week in London, which aims to bring together people from Premier League and EFL academies to share best practice and discuss developments in the academy system.
The annual conference sessions covered all aspects of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), including coaching, talent identification, academy player education, care and player welfare, equality, diversity and inclusion, among others.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and manager Patrick Vieira, Brighton & Hove Albion vice-chairman Paul Barber, Manchester City Academy manager Jason Wilcox and Academy manager Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker were among the speakers during the two-day event.
This summer will mark 10 years since the implementation of the EPPP.
Over this period, we have seen significant progress in the development of England’s elite players, facilities and training arrangements since 2012.
An ongoing review of the EPPP system is currently being undertaken by the League, with a particular focus on education and player care, to reinforce the league’s commitment to holistic player development.
The conference also honored members of the academy system, with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka receiving the Premier League Graduate of the Year award.
“The best possible experience for young people”
Premier League Director of Football Tony Scholes said: “Our youth development conference is a key moment of the season for academy staff and a great example of our clubs working together to ensure we provide the best possible experience for young people. in the academic system.
“The leading figures in youth development in English football have been in attendance over the past two days and their passion for talent development and commitment to player care is there for all to see.
“We are committed to developing the EPPP, as are our colleagues within the academies and partners of the professional game.
“We commend players such as Bukayo Saka as a leading example of a player produced within the academy system, as well as those who are successful in other areas of life. Both serve as fantastic role models for the future. current generation of young people in our academies.”