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At first-team level, the Academy aims to have graduates competing across the following leagues and beyond.

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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


Category 1 Academy status approved

17 Hours ago

The Premier League has awarded Crystal Palace F.C’s Academy Category 1 status following an independent assessment – the highest category possible for academies in the country.

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15 young Academy prospects awarded two-year contracts

7 July 2020

Fifteen young footballers have been offered and accepted two-year scholarships as they continue their development at Crystal Palace FC’s Academy, which has just received Category 1 status.

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Six Academy prospects sign professional contracts

2 July 2020

Six players from the Crystal Palace Academy have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

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Academy graduate Arron Fray talks Inter Milan, Clyne and Dowie

30 June 2020

“Growing up, I always found our Academy to be – outside of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton – one of the best ones in the country,” former Palace...

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