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Old 02-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #1841
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Haha. I tried to keep my mouth shut cos I don't like talking about my work too often but I felt the need to let people know that the MLS clubs do have youth setups in one fashion or another. Can't possibly comment on how the other clubs do it but the Union's setup does work well.

You'll probably see some 'homegrown' players from their youth setup coming through in around 5 years I reckon.

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Old 02-09-2013, 11:54 PM   #1842
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Haha. I tried to keep my mouth shut cos I don't like talking about my work too often but I felt the need to let people know that the MLS clubs do have youth setups in one fashion or another. Can't possibly comment on how the other clubs do it but the Union's setup does work well.

You'll probably see some 'homegrown' players from their youth setup coming through in around 5 years I reckon.
An odd questions....but is the Union youth set-up similar to "Academy" type set-ups which also includes schooling, or is that a future concept at this point?
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:17 AM   #1843
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An odd questions....but is the Union youth set-up similar to "Academy" type set-ups which also includes schooling, or is that a future concept at this point?
Good question, because I know a lot of MLS clubs have true academies.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:10 AM   #1844
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Not any schooling no. And to be honest I don't know if it's in the pipeline or not right now. I haven't been privy to that sort of classified info!

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So are you allowed to give an honest opinion and insight on the Nowak-era?

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 AM   #1846
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Haha I've only recently started working with them so I couldn't possibly say!

Bear in mind, I don't know of any clubs that operate their own schooling. Even Barcelona don't. The kids stay there but are then bused to top schools in Barcelona and then come back to their academy. A lot of the kids in our Union setup already go to top schools in the area anyway.

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Some Academies do their own schooling, apparently.

"Southampton employ six teachers on site. With class sizes as small as five or six, academic results are often better than predicted at their regular schools."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/foo...#axzz2KV8Ct3HY



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That's pretty cool. I honestly didn't know clubs had actually started schooling their own kids within their academy. Even now, it's still relatively new. I know my old pro club in Scotland, Dundee United, have a partnership with a local high school.

Some of the kids train at the school in the morning, missing the first 90mins of lessons and then head off to lessons with the rest of their team/class mates. Other clubs do the same obviously but it's the first time I'd heard a club employing teachers for actual lessons.

Every day is a school day!

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It's more than cool, the academy was a major factor in Southampton's survival from financial ruin. A few years back they were facing liquidation. The key to finding a new buyer was that we had a new ground. Another major factor though, was the value of the academy. It helped make Saints a viable purchase.
In the future, they hope to be in a position to keep their new players, but in the past few years alone the sales of Bale, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have more than covered the expenses of the academy.

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Yeah I read the report. Makes for good reading actually.

I take it, from reading your post, that you're a bit of a Saints fan?

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