EPPP annual audit delighted with club's Academy
Northampton Town's Academy has retained its category three status under the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan following the annual audit.
In order to retain the category status, clubs must undergo an official 4 day audit every year. The 10 key indicators for Academies, by which we were evaluated and assessed are: Vision and strategy of the football club, leadership and management of the football club and its Academy, the coaching and player development programme, education, schoolboy games programme, athletic development programme, player development programme, talent identification, recruitment and registration, Academy facilities, and corporate and financial stability.
An increasing number of professional players have emerged through the Academy in recent years, with Ivan Toney, David Moyo, Lewis Hornby, Dean Snedker and Connor Roberts currently amongst the pro ranks at Sixfields.
Chairman David Cardoza said: "To retain our status is excellent news for Northampton Town.
"Our Academy is playing an ever more important role in the club and we are seeing more and more players emerge from there to become professionals.
"Trevor Gould and his staff are doing an excellent job and this audit reaffirms how highly our Academy is regarded within football and how our reputation for producing young players is growing."
Academy Manager Trevor Gould, added "We are very proud of achieving category 3 status and would like to thank all full time staff for their hard work putting together the documentation, in particular Craig Hinton, Lee Garlick, Mark Lyons, Julie Delauney and Darren Norton.
"In addition a special thanks must go to all the part time coaches, physios and staff who were responsible for putting the theory in to practice."
The category 3 status has been confirmed by the Professional Game Board and the club would like to thank principal club partners the University of Northampton and all of our other sponsors for their help and support.