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Every Crystal Palace Academy player and staff member has the opportunity reach their full potential.


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Across the phases of development, the Crystal Palace Academy, through its staff, coaching and playing philosophy and everyday endeavour, strives to do the following.

Professional Development Phase


Support potential second careers through qualifications and guidance

Sports science

Address the specific needs of the individual in a bid to optimise player potential


Execute individualised movement pattern maximisation


Foundation Development Phase


Support the best attainment and highest attendance within education

Sports performance

Introduce fundamental movement skills and the exploration of game speed


Screen for and address outliers


Develop effective ball manipulation, using a wide range of game-related techniques

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Academy core values

  • Respectful 
  • Honest
  • Resilient
  • Disciplined

Academy News


Omilabu recalls a unique introduction to football

16 February 2021

Aged just 18-years-old, Crystal Palace forward David Omilabu has already scored at Selhurst Park. Netting for Palace Under-23s in the dying seconds of their win against Burnley, Omilabu lived a dream...

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Team news: Table-topping U18s take on Norwich - WATCH LIVE

12 February 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s take on Norwich City today (Saturday, 20th February) at 12:00 GMT as they try to extend their lead at the top of the table – and you can watch all the action LIVE on YouTube.

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Preview: Table-topping U18s look for five in a row

11 February 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s have been flying high at the top of the Premier League South this season, and they can make it five wins in a row with victory over Norwich City on Saturday, 20th February.

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Top of the league: Reviewing Palace U18s' season so far

26 January 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s have excelled themselves in their first season as a Category 1 outfit, sitting top of the Under-18 Premier League South after 12 matches.

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