Our academy has been awarded top tier status ahead of the 2016/17 season. The youth setup of every Premier League club is independently assessed as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan.
The review looks at the quality of coaching, training facilities and education amongst other factors. We were granted ‘Category One’ status for the next three seasons. The elite ranking enables us to continue to recruit and develop the best young players in the country. Academy manager Andries Jonker said: “We’re pleased that our academy has once again been recognised with Category One status this year. Developing top young players is a key part of our philosophy. "Last season was an exciting one for us. The progress of players like Alex Iwobi was fantastic and we continued a refurbishment project at our Hale End academy. The new facility will give our young players the best possible environment to develop their game. We’re looking forward to another year of progress in 2016/17.”
Copyright 2018 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.