Everton Football Club has always been tremendously proud of its past successes, but it is also a Club which has its sights firmly fixed on its future. Everton has always considered the development of home-grown players to be a key element of its football strategy. Together with an effective senior recruitment operation, the Academy plays an integral role in the future success of the Club by producing players capable of winning games at the highest levels of the Premier League.
In addition to the contribution the Academy makes to the Club’s first team, the Academy is proud to have produced 15 full international players.
The Academy’s legacy is not only visible in our own first team, but many Academy graduates have progressed to become established professional footballers elsewhere at both Premier League and Football League clubs.
A formal recognition of the Academy’s culture of excellence is the Category One status it has continuously held since the introduction of the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan in 2012.
This culture is supported by continued investment from the Everton board of directors and a desire from the first team manager to see young players progress through the pathway progressing to the U23 and first team squads.
At the Academy, our player-centred ethos permeates through everything we do. The aim of our coaching programme is to develop outstanding young people, not just footballers; we aim to create an environment that produces confident, self-assured young people. In addition to the on-the-field coaching programme, our players are supported both in their academic studies and through a comprehensive personal development programme.
The Academy Vision is to work collaboratively to support the Club’s Vision & Football Philosophy by developing young players who are capable of playing at the top of the Premier League and in European competitions. Our elite player development programme is designed to equip young players with the skills and attributes needed to play professional football at the highest level.
The Academy is dedicated to providing a player-centred approach to everything it does, prioritising the holistic development and wellbeing of its players and acknowledging the role of key stakeholders including parents.
“Evertonians love nothing more than seeing ‘one of their own’ pull on the famous royal blue jersey and run out at Goodison Park. A local young footballer progressing through the ranks and playing for Everton in the Premier League is something that makes us extraordinarily proud and thankfully we’ve had plenty over the years” - Bill Kenwright CBE – Chairman – Everton Football Club.