Howard Wilkinson calls for review and overhaul of academy system he designed

• Wilkinson says clubs failing in their ’moral responsibility’ to young players
• Guardian report highlighted mental health problems of academy players

Howard Wilkinson, the architect of English football’s modern youth development programme, has called for the system to be reviewed and overhauled, accusing the top clubs of failing in their “moral responsibility” to give young players opportunities. Wilkinson, who as the Football Association’s technical director in 1997 designed the current system, in which 12,000 boys are being trained by clubs from the age of eight, said he recognises that the very high “release” rate causes mental health difficulties to some, which can endure for years.

“What is needed is a serious reasoned review and a commitment from the whole game to commit to the implementation of recommendations which are designed to give these boys a morally deserved crack of the whip,” Wilkinson said. “Change has to come from the top.”

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• Wilkinson says clubs failing in their ’moral responsibility’ to young players• Guardian report highlighted mental health problems of academy playersHoward Wilkinson, the architect of English football’s modern youth development programme, has called for the system to be reviewed and overhauled, accusing the top clubs of failing in their “moral responsibility” to give young players opportunities. Wilkinson, who as the Football Association’s technical director in 1997 designed the current system, in which 12,000 boys are being trained by clubs from the age of eight, said he recognises that the very high “release” rate causes mental health difficulties to some, which can endure for years.“What is needed is a serious reasoned review and a commitment from the whole game to commit to the implementation of recommendations which are designed to give these boys a morally deserved crack of the whip,” Wilkinson said. “Change has to come from the top.” Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/10/howard-wilkinson-review-academy-system

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