Academy Director Update 08/01/21

Dear All,

Firstly, I hope you and your families are all safe and well through this challenging and difficult time.

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday regarding the National Lockdown, we have received correspondence and guidance from the EFL earlier today.

They have issued the following instructions for Academy Activity through this Lockdown:

U18 Activity

All activity is to CONTINUE for Academy Players in the U18s including U18 competitions.

U16 Activity

The U16s can CONTINUE to TRAIN, however the U16 Games Programme will be PAUSED until at least February 1st 2021.
Academy Players in the U16 age group will be permitted to participate in the U18 competitions if their Club deem it to be appropriate for their development.

U9-U15 Activity

PAUSE all physical training and games programme activity for the U9-U15 age groups until at least the February 1st 2021. The League will monitor the ongoing situation and consult further before any decisions are made in respect of February and beyond.

When we receive any more updates from the EFL regarding the return of Academy football, we will let you know.

Until then we encourage everyone to stay safe and as active as possible, inside the Lockdown Guidelines.

Kind Regards

Seamus Brady
Academy Director