YOU NEED BOTH QUALITY AND RESULTS. RESULTS WITHOUT QUALITY ARE BORING; BUT QUALITY WITHOUT RESULTS IS MEANINGLESS.
The message that comes across to me is that the clubs that take the development of young players seriously, can be the clubs to benefit the most in modern football.
“Even if there is no blueprint for 100% success in this field, a youth academy is central to building a club programme.”
Bodo Menze FC Shalke 04, Germany, Youth Academy Director
“Repetition is key as the players are focused on creating the right reactions in ball handling and in combining and cooperating.”
Damir Vrbanovic, NK Dinamo Croatia, CEO
“For us, football signifies respect and passion. Our goal is to first make men of boys and then turn them into champions”.
Ernesto Paolillo, FC Internazionale, Managing Director
“Sporting Portugal is the only club in the world that has developed and trained two FIFA world players of the year, Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo”.
Diogo Matos, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Head of Youth Development
“Successful youth policies are not solely achieved through financial investment, but also require the adoption of the correct attitude towards developing youngsters”.
Jan Skypala, FK Teplice, Czech Republic, General Secretary
“Success in grassroots football isn’t about how many trophies you win. It’s about the difference you make to people’s lives.”
Nick Levett, FA National Development Manager for Youth Football