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GorBlimey
21-05-2014, 02:16 AM
Just been reading an article regarding Brighton banging on about their new academy… blah, blah, blah and I got to thinking.

Perhaps we should start to look at the massive opportunity that we have in our own back yard, namely the Crystal Palace NSC.

This run-down facility could easily be upgraded to a state-of-the-art sporting academy offering a sporting-oriented education, with the emphasis on football, for talented kids from the ages of 8 to 18. The model would be pretty much like the BRITS performing arts school, which has been a fantastic success.

Crystal Palace NSC is surrounded by a massive catchment area with 5 or so London Boroughs that could contribute to the funding as well as using our club funding, sponsors and whatever we could get out of the GLC and Central Government.

We could have a steady stream of football starlets all contracted to Palace like Simon Cowell achieves with anyone who appears on X Factor etc. If done correctly it could make the name Crystal Palace synonymous with sporting and football development, which is great for our brand.

Plus we could run rings around FFP regulations, which are only going to get tighter and, from onward selling fees, have a potentially large source of revenue to re-invest in the academy and our club.

Any comments?

CPFC2010
21-05-2014, 06:27 AM
Just been reading an article regarding Brighton banging on about their new academy… blah, blah, blah and I got to thinking.

Perhaps we should start to look at the massive opportunity that we have in our own back yard, namely the Crystal Palace NSC.

This run-down facility could easily be upgraded to a state-of-the-art sporting academy offering a sporting-oriented education, with the emphasis on football, for talented kids from the ages of 8 to 18. The model would be pretty much like the BRITS performing arts school, which has been a fantastic success.

Crystal Palace NSC is surrounded by a massive catchment area with 5 or so London Boroughs that could contribute to the funding as well as using our club funding, sponsors and whatever we could get out of the GLC and Central Government.

We could have a steady stream of football starlets all contracted to Palace like Simon Cowell achieves with anyone who appears on X Factor etc. If done correctly it could make the name Crystal Palace synonymous with sporting and football development, which is great for our brand.

Plus we could run rings around FFP regulations, which are only going to get tighter and, from onward selling fees, have a potentially large source of revenue to re-invest in the academy and our club.

Any comments?

We have a very good and successful Academy already that is very well run by Gary Issott. There are no plans to change it but Gary is working on more and better facilities.

eagle heights
21-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Mandela Egbo is in the England U-17 squad for tonites Euro final v Holland in Malta.

Is there any financial incentive for clubs to play academy graduates?

CPFC2010
21-05-2014, 03:12 PM
Mandela Egbo is in the England U-17 squad for tonites Euro final v Holland in Malta.

Is there any financial incentive for clubs to play academy graduates?

Not really, but of course we would much rather develop our own players than spend money buying them in. Mandela may well be appearing for Palace's U21 development league team next season I believe.