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Leonard Proud Of Academy Performance

26 September 2013

The Notts County Academy staff have been even busier in recent weeks due to an audit by the Professional Gaming Board (PGB).

Every club up and down the country will be inspected in line with the Elite Player Performance Plan - a youth development scheme initiated by The Premier League.

The EPPP designed to enhance the youth development work going on at Premier League and Football League clubs in order to produce more and better home-grown players.

As part of the audit, each club is assessed on productivity rates, coaching provisions, quality of facilities, and education and Welfare provisions. 

Academy manager Mick Leonard has been delighted with the manner that the club has presented itself during the week-long inspection.

He said: "There has been a lot of work gone into it and I’m very proud of everyone at this club.

It’s been a tough and stressful time, but now we can all concentrate on the football again.

"Hopefully we have impressed the guys that came in to see how we do things.

"We have had to produce an Academy Performance Plan, including training schedules, matches, objectives, club vision, management, strategies, coaching programme, education, talent ID and sports science. 
"They seemed impressed but they will come back with an action plan of where we can improve."

He continued: "We were one of the first Category 3 clubs to be audited and the process is basically about to raise the bar and the standards required. 

"They have a look to see where the money is being spent and if they come up to the levels they are expecting.

"The process has been going on for nearly two years and it continues to evolve, but I believe what we offer is good and I’m proud of how well we have progressed."

Since the Academy's reformation in 2008, 10 players have gone on to make first team appearances for Notts.

For more information about the Magpies' Academy, click here. 

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