The National League have granted 22 Clubs an Academy Licence for the inaugural National League Football Academy season.
Starting on September 11th, the 2019/20 campaign will be formed of two regional divisions- twelve Clubs in the South and ten in the North- and Clubs will participate in an additional cup competition later in the season.
Head of Player Development, Gary Owers, said: “The National League and National League Youth Alliance is committed to Youth Development.
“As part of our ongoing strategic approach we have implemented a scheme for Clubs to demonstrate their own commitment to raising and maintaining standards in this area.
“The licencing process involved Clubs meeting required criteria set by The National League.
“The aim of a National League Football Academy is to provide an environment and player pathway which allows Clubs to develop and produce more and better home grown players”.
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOOTBALL ACADEMY NORTH
FC Halifax Town
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOOTBALL ACADEMY SOUTH
Hampton and Richmond Borough
Weston Super Mare
Director Tony Burman ” I am delighted that all the hard work that the players and coaching staff from the development squads through to the academy have put in over the years, means that we have been awarded this licence. It is a step in the right direction having the academy from our under 7’s to under 19’s authorised with a recognised licence from the National League.”