Stoke City Football Club, Clayton Wood Training Ground, Rosetree Avenue, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6NL
STOKE CITY CAN now look forward to nurturing home-grown talent and attract the best young players to the Potteries . . . after being granted Category One status under the FA's new Elite Player Performance Plan.
The Club have been rewarded for 18 months of planning and hard work with that prestigious grading within the Academy set-up, thus boosting their prospects of achieving sustained success at the highest level in the long term future.
City's Chief Executive Tony Scholes hailed the announcement as a hugely-significant step for the Club.
"This is fantastic news because we are committed to establishing an Academy that is ranked among the best," he said.
"The Club scored very highly in many aspects of the extensive assessment process which we went through before a decision was made."
At the same time that a significant amount of money has been invested in the first team squad in order to preserve Premier League status, so there has also been a strong focus on building an Academy structure in recent times.
While the creation of the new training facility at Clayton Wood was an initial stage of that development process, there was also been a significant amount of work aimed at meeting the criteria of the EPPP Category One status.
As part of that quest, additional facilities at Clayton Wood have enhanced the £7 million state-of-the-art facility.
This has included the provision of more changing rooms, offices and a treatment room, as well as plans in place for the installation of a full-sized indoor pitch.
There is no doubt that the profile of being a Premier League club for the past six years and the success which has come with it in reaching a first-ever FA Cup Final in 2011 and qualifying for the Europa League in the following season has generated a considerable amount of excitement and enthusiasm for the game among local youngsters.
The Club is eager to tap into that, so that there will be more locally born players in the first team squad in the long-term future.
Academy Director: Dave Wright
Head of Academy Coaching: James Hunter
Head of Academy Recruitment: TBC
Head of Academy Sports Science & Athletic Development: Paul White
Head of Academy Education: Greg Briggs
Academy Welfare & Safeguarding: Kirsty Cavanagh
Academy Medical Lead Physiotherapist: Mel Pejic
Academy Secretary: Margaret Stringer
ACADEMY FULL TIME STAFF
Senior Professional Development Coach: Glyn Hodges
Professional Development Phase Coach: John Perkins & Kevin Russell
Youth Development Phase Coach: Earl Barrett
Youth Development Phase Coach: Richard Carter
Youth Development Phase Coach: Richard Walker
Foundation Phase Coach: Gareth Owen
Foundation Phase Coach: Liam Peart & Tom Holroyd
Academy Goalkeeping Coach: Danny Alcock
Academy Goalkeeping Coach: Matt Doyle
Academy Physiotherapist: Andy Foster
Academy Physiotherapist: Gareth Hikin
Academy Physiotherapist: TBC
Academy Lead Match Analyst: Lewis Rhodes
Academy Match Analyst: Gareth Hughes & Patrick Oxenham
Academy Doctor: Dr Paul Unyolo
Academy Nutritionist: Mayur Ranchordas
Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach: Robert Fox
Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach: TBC
Academy Sports Science: Josh Bowen
Academy Sports Science: Karl Hodges
Academy Sports Science: TBC
Academy Sports Psychologist: Joe Dixon
Academy PMA Administrator: Andrew Cain
Academy Education Support: Dave Plant
Academy Mentors: Alan Durban / Denis Smith
Academy Education Tutor: Ian Gittens
Academy Transport Coordinator: Paul Shardlow
Academy Driver: Anthony Bailey