This week, the Premier Football League announced that its first professional development program will be launching to support the development of young talent.
The Premier League Youth Development Program, which will be launched next year, will offer up to £25,000 in support for youngsters to continue their education in the sport.
The program will give a total of five months of free access to the club academies, and will offer support to young players, as well as helping clubs improve their facilities and infrastructure to make the most of the young talent in the game.
The plan will see a number of young players selected for the program, with the first batch expected to be recruited from the local academies in 2016.
It is hoped that this initiative will give clubs across the Premier Lagues a further boost in their ability to recruit young players.
The Premier Football Lagues chief executive, Peter Moore, said: “We want to make sure that we are recruiting young players at a rate that is sustainable and that we have a pathway that can deliver them the opportunities they need.”
The program was first launched in 2009 and is funded by the Premier Sports Fund, which supports clubs in the English Football League and Premier League, along with the Football League, Scottish Football League’s Second Division, and the Championship.
This is in addition to the Premier Sport Fund which supports the Premier Women’s League.
The new program will focus on the recruitment of players aged between 16 and 21, as the Premier Development Programme will offer a range of opportunities to help young players develop their game, as they will be supported by professional development coaches and mentors.
The first batch of players to be selected will be introduced to the program in June, and over the coming months will be allocated training sessions.
Currently, Premier League clubs can sign up to eight players for the Premier Youth Development Programme, but that number has been cut to four.
The Youth Development Coach program will also be introduced in June to help clubs develop their coaching staff, as it will be able to help coaches in their youth academies as well.
The Football League is also working with the Premier to develop a Premier League youth development program in partnership with the National Youth Soccer League (NYSL).
This initiative will see the Football Club of Greater Manchester (FCG) team in partnership, with FCG providing coaching and support to clubs in its academy.
It will also offer coaching and mentoring for youth players aged 11-18.
The FA Youth Development Officer, Ben Marsh, said that the Premier will be working with other clubs in all leagues to provide a pathway to help the Premier development program reach the youth level.
“This program is a fantastic opportunity for clubs across England to make a real impact in the local market,” he said.
“It’s a great way to get young talent out there and help them get a head start in their career, which is why it’s so important that the clubs involved in the program work together to build the right support system.”
The Premier’s Premier Development Program is an important first step in delivering youth development to our players and it’s a fantastic way for clubs to build relationships with each other and develop relationships with the clubs around them.
“We’ll continue to work with clubs to make this a success.”
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