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  • Celtic Youth Academy selected as one of Scotland's 'Elite'

    Celtic Youth Academy selected as one of Scotland's 'Elite'

    By: Newsroom Staff on 15 Nov, 2017 09:55

  • CELTIC’S Youth Academy has been selected in the ‘Elite’ top tier of youth academies in the Scottish FA’s new club academy structure within Project Brave.

    Celtic have a number of first-team players who have graduated through the club’s Youth Academy, including James Forrest, Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor and Liam Henderson, while the likes of Anthony Ralston, Calvin Miller, Jack Aitchison and Mikey Johnston are amongst the Academy Bhoys who have all made first-team appearances.

    The Scottish FA’s aim, with Club Academy Scotland, is to work with the clubs to improve the overall standard of young Scottish footballers which, in turn, will enhance the domestic game and boost the national team in their efforts.

    Applicant clubs were graded according to a criteria-based system and an assessment of Measurable Performance Outcomes (MPOs). The aim was to bring greater focus to talent development and optimise playing opportunities.

    Enhanced funding for achieving MPOs will encourage best practice, with the objective of Project Brave to harness the success of the strategic plan and ensure a more efficient pathway to first-team football.

    Those not selected for the ‘Elite’ top tier will still have access to a level of funding from the Scottish Football Association to support the running and improvement of their academies.

    Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: “This is a significant milestone for Project Brave. Club Academy Scotland is a fundamental part of the process and a lot of work has gone into developing the criteria used to assess the clubs. From Day One this has been a collaborative activity.

    “The clubs have been engaged at every step, with daily dialogue to help with their applications. We have been heartened and inspired by so many of the positive things we have seen in regards to the development of young Scottish footballers and our aim is to assist clubs and encourage them to hit the highest possible standards.

    “What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the Elite bracket with aspirations to move up.

    “As a result of the conversations we had with clubs, a new middle tier was created. The ‘Progressive’ category was designed to ensure ‘smaller’ but ambitious clubs with academies could find their natural place in the system, with scope to push on.

    “For those in the top tier, we will continue to monitor their work in conjunction with our independent auditors. This is only one more step but we believe it’s a crucial one.”

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    Ayr United
    Dundee United
    Forth Valley
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle
    Partick Thistle
    Ross County*
    St Mirren
    St Johnstone

    Greenock Morton*
    Queen’s Park

    *May be subject to appeal.


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