Academy achieve outstanding result in Elite Player Performance Plan assessment.Doncaster Rovers Academy have received the results of their recent Elite Player Performance Plan Audit (EPPP Audit) and have passed the assessment with flying colours.
The audit which took place earlier this year assessed the clubs capability of providing suitable conditions for young players to prosper and develop into first team football.
As a category 3 club, the best mark possible in the assessment was 64% and the club managed to record a score of 59%.
Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers said: “This is a great result and as a category 3 club is close to the best that could possibly have been achieved. We have a clear strategy over the next 3 years to develop the academy to produce better players for the first team and to allow every child in Doncaster the opportunity to play for their home club.
“Based on the fantastic facilities we have the club is in a perfect position to ensure more home grown players make the first team, the board have a clear strategy to try and ensure this happens. On the back of this news a further two players of which have been offered first team contracts with the club. In total that means 17 players from the youth team have been offered first team contracts during the past 3 years of which at least ten have played in a competitive fixture for Doncaster Rovers.
Paul Wilson, Head of Youth at Doncaster Rovers said: “Our thanks must go to Adie Shaw at the Football League and everyone in the club for assisting us through the audit. Special praise must also go to our academy coaches who work with all these players throughout their development with the club. We’ve been informed that our result puts us in the top 3 rated category 3 academies in the Country.”
Notes regarding the EPPP Audit:
The EPPP audit is the Elite Player Performance Plan initiated by the Premier League.
The purpose of the audit is to improve the quantity and quality of home grown players produced by English clubs.
The EPPP audit is assessed on a total of ten areas including Vision & Strategy, Leadership & Management, Coaching, Education, Games programme, sports science & Medicine, Player progression & Development, recruitment, facilities and finance.
65% is the percentage required to achieve a category 2 status.
Doncaster Rovers are one of only 3 Category 3 clubs in the country to own our own facilities.
The club scored 100% on vision and strategy and have gained particular praise for our football philosophy and the integration throughout the whole club.