Our focus is on helping players to fulfil their potential within football. If that is progressing into Pre-Academy and Academy football, our experienced coaches are well placed to support that journey.
Over the past four years, since we started our Player Pathway at Palace for Life Foundation and introducing our Tier 1 and Tier 2 system, we have sent 40 players into Pre-Academy or to play in a showcase game with Crystal Palace Academy. Fourteen players are still at Pre-Academy training and we have had eight players signed to the club. Some players unfortunately, did not get offers, but they are now playing at other London academies and we wish them all the best.
From our September and October 2020 Player Development Centres, we have sent six players into Pre-Academy – good luck to the players who will start in the new year!
Our main goal within our Development Centres is to develop the individual player and help them to fulfil their potential in football.
One player who has progressed into the Crystal Palace Academy is Harvey, who signed for Crystal Palace’s Under-11 Academy side, after originally getting involved with the club at one of Palace for Life Foundation’s Soccer Schools that run during the school holidays for boys and girls aged 5-12.
Starting out with Palace for Life’s Tier 1 Development Centre as a six-year-old, it took just six months for Harvey to be moved up to Tier 2 on the Development pathway that Palace for Life offer. Here, Harvey stayed for two years, honing his skills and developing his all-round game, whilst also continuing to attend Palace for Life’s school holiday Soccer Schools, spending further valuable time with coaches to help improve his footballing ability.
After two years in the Tier 2 centres, it was decided that Harvey’s talent warranted progression to Crystal Palace’s pre-Academy. Again, Harvey excelled at this level and this culminated in him recently signing as a Crystal Palace player for the Under-11s.