Stoke City FC Tryouts & Club Guide: History, Stadium, Players, and More!
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Stoke City FC is an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The club competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football.
Stoke City FC Youth Development System
Stoke City can now look forward to nurturing home-grown talent and attract the best young players to the Potteries after being granted Category One status under the FA’s new Elite Player Performance Plan.
The Club was rewarded for 18 months of planning and hard work with that prestigious grading within the Academy set-up, thus boosting their prospects of achieving sustained success at the highest level in the long term future.
While the creation of the new training facility at Clayton Wood was an initial stage of that development process, there was also been a significant amount of work aimed at meeting the criteria of the EPPP Category One status.
As part of that quest, additional facilities at Clayton Wood have enhanced the £7 million state-of-the-art facility.
This has included the provision of more changing rooms, offices and a treatment room, as well as plans in place for the installation of a full-sized indoor pitch.
There is no doubt that the profile of the Club in recent years has generated a considerable amount of excitement and enthusiasm for the game among local youngsters.
The Club is eager to tap into that, so that there will be more locally born players in the first team squad in the long-term future.
Stoke City’s remarkable list of home-grown players through the years is one that the Club is very proud of.
From the likes of Sir Stanley Matthews, Freddie Steele and Neil Franklin, the local back four of the 1970s, through to players such as Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shotton and Tom Edwards, the Potters have always been keen to nurture local talent.
City have entered youth teams in competitive games for many years, including the inaugural FA Youth Cup tournament in 1952. After two semi final appearances in 1955 and 1961, the Club reached the final in 1984, whilst also going on to lift the Midland Melville Cup in 1996.
Following on from the move to the bet365 Stadium in 1997, the next priority was to improve the standard of facilities for producing stars of the future. A specialised dome was built nearby on Trentham Lakes and the Club were granted Academy status by the FA Premier League in 1999. As a result, teams were entered into specialised Under-19 and Under-17 leagues, with those then becoming the Under-18 and Under-16 divisions following a restructure in 2004.
Further changes were announced in 2012 by the Premier League with the implementation of its Elite Player Performance Plan. As part of the EPPP, an additional Under 21s and subsequent Under-23s league were introduced with the aim to bridge the gap between the first team and Academy levels. The Potters were granted Category One status as part of the shake-up following significant investment by the Coates family, thus boosting prospects of achieving sustained success at the highest level in the long term future.
Stoke City Academy Development Centres
Stoke City Academy Development Centres are training centres where we teach the most promising and talented young players from Under-6 to Under-14.
Development Centres are the second tier of our Youth Development pathway. The centres are a feed into our Academy programme and are the main route for players into our age groups.
Boys cannot join our full Academy programme until the age of eight, but we are well aware that young players can begin to show promise well before then, which is why we have set up a concept of Regional Development Centres for six, seven and eight year olds.
All age groups have their own Development Squad, aligning the ethos in our Academy programme, with sessions running at one central venue in Stoke-on-Trent.
Academy Development Centres are run by invitation only. Players are usually invited to attend a centre after being seen and assessed by one of our scouts, or after recommendations from our Stoke City FC coaching staff, who carry out coaching sessions throughout the Stoke-on-Trent area. We also have a strong relationship with local grassroots clubs.
Attendance at the centre does not stop players from playing for their local team at weekends. All centres are run free of charge.
Stoke City Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there are no official publishings on Stoke City trials/tryouts. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official academy news section.
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