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Our three-phase system of youth development places the player at its heart, focusing on education, coaching and preparation for their professional debut.

Home-grown ambition

Ryan in a Southampton Academy classroom
Foundation phase

Educating young players

We understand that there has to be a good balance between getting our school work done and improving as footballers. Although it’s fun, it’s also structured.”

Ryan Finnegan, Southampton Academy

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Marcus Rashford and Nicky Butt of Manchester United
Youth Development

Coaching for progress

Every player develops from the moment they join the Academy and that continues right through to the first team. This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice.”

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and England

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Ross Barkley celebrates a goal
Professional Development

Excelling
in an elite environment

Everton’s investment in Finch Farm has been really important to me. It’s helped me become the player I am today.”

Ross Barkley, Everton and England

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Ryan in a Southampton Academy classroom
Foundation For the love of football
We understand that there has to be a good balance between getting our school work done and improving as footballers. Although it’s fun, it’s also structured. ”

Ryan Finnegan, Southampton Academy

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Marcus Rashford and Nicky Butt of Manchester United
Youth Development Coached for progress
Every player develops from the moment they join the Academy and that continues right through to the first team. This really is a family club and there are so many coaches and players around to give you advice. ”

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and England

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Ross Barkley celebrates a goal
Professional Development Excelling in an elite environment
Everton’s investment in Finch Farm has been really important to me. It’s helped me become the player I am today. ”

Ross Barkley, Everton and England

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With a record 67 debut balls being awarded this season, our holistic approach to player care is paying dividends in helping boys from Premier League Academies make it to the first team.

Having completed its first three-year cycle, our Elite Player Performance Plan is now being audited so that it can continuously improve.