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Vision

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

Objective

At first-team level, the Academy aims to have staff and players competing across the following leagues and beyond:

  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • National League
  • Serie A
  • Bundesliga
  • LaLiga
  • Ligue 1

Strategy

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

  • Education

Support potential second careers through qualifications and guidance

  • Sports science

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

  • Medical

Execute individualised movement pattern maximisation

  • Football

Develop further YDP work and teach the tactical adaptability necessary to thrive as a professional player

Youth Development Phase

  • Education

Provide holistic support and tutoring towards high GCSE attainment

  • Sports performance

Increase emphasis on Athletic Development in alignment with the individual’s maturational status and the exploitation of game speed

  • Medical

Mitigate growth and maturation related risks and conditions

  • Football

Develop position-specific techniques and movement patterns, working around our Player Profiles. Increase players’ tactical awareness

Foundation Development Phase

  • Education

Support the best attainment and highest attendance within education

  • Sports performance

Introduce fundamental movement skills and the exploration of game speed

  • Medical

Screen for and address outliers

  • Football

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