Middlesbrough FC is an English professional football club based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. The club competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football.
Middlesbrough FC Youth Development System
MFC is a cornerstone of the Teesside community and aims to provide opportunities for the youngsters of the region through our Academy system.
The Academy is based at the Rockliffe Park training complex. MFC is recognised as a club with the development of young players as an integral part of its DNA. The club is one of 24 Category 1 Academy status clubs in the country and they have had over 100 graduates who have played for the first team.
Between 1998 and 2009 the club enjoyed the most successful period in its history. This included winning the Football League Cup, reaching the UEFA Cup final and seeing the Riverside Stadium used for international football. At the same time 76 Academy graduates made at least one senior appearance for the club. 42 were youth internationals and 5 senior internationals including Stewart Downing, capped 35 times for England and Scotland Captain James Morrison.
Recent seasons have seen success at youth level, in the 2014/15 season the U21 team won two cups and promotion and the U18 team won two leagues and qualified for the UEFA Youth League for the first time in the club’s history while the U14 side were Premier League Cup winners. In 2019 the U18 were Premier League Cup Finalists, and in 2021 the U17s reached the PL Cup final.
- Numerous grass pitches
- Full size enclosed show pitch
- Full size floodlit outdoor artificial pitch
- Indoor 3G pitch with viewing gallery
- Indoor fitness suite
- Boot room
- Medical rooms
- Office space for all Academy staff
- Eight changing and showering Facilities
- Male and female officials’ changing rooms
- Three Academy classrooms
- Academy restaurant
- Parents lounge accommodating up to 50 people
- Academy analysis room
Middlesbrough FC Alumni Programme
Academy youngsters who leave the club will be able to count on the support of an ever-growing aftercare programme as part of their relationship with MFC.
Throughout its existence, the Academy has developed exhaustive measures to support former players, ranging from checking in with a simple text message, to helping securing university places or a new professional or grassroots club.
Middlesbrough FC have now launched the MFC Alumni Programme, designed to further track and support those who have been part of the Academy set-up and departed in years gone by.
The scheme is led by the player care team which includes former Boro professionals Craig Liddle (Academy Manager) and Neil Maddison (Player Care Manager).
This team have studied the ways in which alumni programmes work at various other clubs, as well as universities and colleges, and are putting together first-class structures in place to ensure the prosperity of ex-MFC youngsters.
The Academy already possesses an extensive database which helps keep in contact with past players, while an alumni newsletter will be distributed to the players and their parents detailing latest developments and how to make use of the support on offer.
When a player does leave, the Academy and all relevant staff have an ‘exit strategy’ laid out to aid individuals with the next stage of their life – whether that is continuing in football or pursuing another profession. Either way, wide-ranging resources and contacts can be tapped into.
Indeed, a number of graduates now work within the Academy in various roles, such as Lee Cattermole (U18 Lead Coach), Paul Crager (U21s Assistant Coach), Chris Pennock (Head of Academy Coaching), Martin Carter (Head of Academy Recruitment) and several others.
Middlesbrough FC Recruitment Trials
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