This project focuses on improving the youth development of male footballers in England and Wales. The background and context to this is wide and complex but includes the following key factors:
1. Male National Teams in international tournaments have underachieved given levels of investment in the game
2. European trained players are increasingly entering English/Welsh Senior teams instead of home
In the 2012/2013 season the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) was agreed and introduced to the Premier League and Football League. This plan sets out 10 key development areas for Clubs to deliver against:
1. Vision and Strategy
2. Leadership and Management
4. Education and Welfare
5. Games Programme
6. Sport Science and Medicine
7. Player Development and Progression
The first activity focuses on improving the training and development of 16-18 yr old (male) apprentice footballers whilst they are undertaking the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASE) programme at professional Football League clubs throughout England and Wales. The second activity focuses on 18/19 yr old apprentice footballers (male) who have recently graduated (within 12 months) from the A
In order to address these aims and provide added value to the participants, CUFC delivered a two week pre-season training and games programme in The Netherlands hosted by professional Dutch side NAC Breda.
In total 18 participants and 4 accompanying staff benefited from this experience.
We have seen the acquisition of new knowledge and skills by the participants as footballers. New training
andra, Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves). In total 72 apprentices and 16 accompanying persons benefited from this experience. Clubs were hosted by four top tier Dutch clubs, ADO Den Haag, NAC Breda, RKC Waalwijk and VVV Venlo.
This is aimed at RELEASED apprentices who have recently graduated from the ASE programme. These individuals are trying to establish themselves in the