Albion join the elite thanks to coveted academy award

Albion's new training ground is now home to a Category One academy

Albion's new training ground is now home to a Category One academy

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Albion have joined the Premier League elite in terms of youth development.

The club’s academy has been awarded Category One status, the highest rank under the Premier League’s Elite Players Performance Plan (EPPP).

The Seagulls are now recognised as one of the best clubs in the country in terms of facilities, staff and opportunities for young players.

Albion will play against some of the biggest clubs in the country at under-21, under-18 and under-16 level.

Their youth set-up is now recognised as being in the same bracket as clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Head of football operations David Burke described the award as fantastic news and reward for a lot of hard work.

Burke said: “Firstly we need to thank (chairman) Tony Bloom for the financial support he has provided to get us to this level.

"Tony has given the club magnificent facilities in terms of the Amex and now the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, and with his continued investment in our youth policy; he has been integral to us taking this next step.

“On a personal note I would like to thank (academy manager) John Morling and all his team who have done a fantastic job to take us from a centre of excellence in 2012, to a category one academy in 2014.”

Albion came through two inspections and had to meet high standards for education, coaching, medical, strength and conditioning, analysis, recruitment and sport science.

Burke added: “The advantage of our new status means our players will test themselves week-in, week-out against the best players in the country, in the best facilities to help them develop.

"However, despite everything at their disposal, the basis for any young Brighton player’s progression will remain hard work and putting in the hours.

“The new status also gives us a better scope for recruitment opportunities as well as in developing the players we already have.

“We now feel with a Category One academy, a commitment from Sami and his staff to give the young players a pathway, along with the qualified development staff who provide bespoke training plans for our young players, there is a recipe success here at Albion.”

Albion’s under-21s will now enter a national league containing sides such as Newcastle and Aston Villa.

Simon Ireland’s team start their league campaign against Blackburn Rovers in August. Under-21 fixtures will still be played at either Culver Road, Lancing, or at the Amex.

The under-18s and 16s enter the southern regional leagues and will come up against Arsenal and Chelsea.

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8:09pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ringtone says...

Dunk gets 4 years.

Now there's a headline
Dunk gets 4 years. Now there's a headline ringtone
  • Score: -33

8:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

AlfieT says...

Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.
Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen. AlfieT
  • Score: 12

8:12pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Justin says...

Congratulations to the club! The hard work behind the scenes is paying off. In some ways this is more important long term than short term worries about squad reinforcements. Up the Albion, especially the suits!
Congratulations to the club! The hard work behind the scenes is paying off. In some ways this is more important long term than short term worries about squad reinforcements. Up the Albion, especially the suits! Justin
  • Score: 23

8:20pm Fri 25 Jul 14

farside says...

Stunning news.
Congrats to all concerned. A reward for their harx work and Tony's investment.
Stunning news. Congrats to all concerned. A reward for their harx work and Tony's investment. farside
  • Score: 24

8:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Hovite says...

AlfieT wrote:
Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.
Yep they should have moved Hypia back a bit and Bloom a bit more forward.
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.[/p][/quote]Yep they should have moved Hypia back a bit and Bloom a bit more forward. Hovite
  • Score: 5

8:27pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

The good news just keeps on rolling in :-D
The good news just keeps on rolling in :-D Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 16

8:31pm Fri 25 Jul 14

hannover seagull says...

This is of course a fantastic approval of the future development of BHA and a great credit too all involved

What most fans want to hear however is what is happening right now in terms of money available for incoming players and our goals for this season
Until now we have heard very little from the board on what the aspirations are for Brighton this year
I am convinced we have the right manager in both experience and commitment but he will need funds
I ,amongst others want to hear a bit of a war cry from the powers that be for a top six finish
Mid table is not acceptable
The communication with the fans needs to be improved from the management because i am not alone in thinking the club is in danger of taking the fans for granted
This is of course a fantastic approval of the future development of BHA and a great credit too all involved What most fans want to hear however is what is happening right now in terms of money available for incoming players and our goals for this season Until now we have heard very little from the board on what the aspirations are for Brighton this year I am convinced we have the right manager in both experience and commitment but he will need funds I ,amongst others want to hear a bit of a war cry from the powers that be for a top six finish Mid table is not acceptable The communication with the fans needs to be improved from the management because i am not alone in thinking the club is in danger of taking the fans for granted hannover seagull
  • Score: -16

8:33pm Fri 25 Jul 14

AlfieT says...

Hovite wrote:
AlfieT wrote:
Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.
Yep they should have moved Hypia back a bit and Bloom a bit more forward.
Or got Hyppia to stand in a hole.
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.[/p][/quote]Yep they should have moved Hypia back a bit and Bloom a bit more forward.[/p][/quote]Or got Hyppia to stand in a hole. AlfieT
  • Score: 2

8:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OzzieGull says...

That's fantastic news and bodes well for the future - but - we need the team to go with it. How can it take this long to put together a competitive squad? What we need has been known for a long time, yet we seem no closer getting it. It would have been nice t have at least most of the new signings bedded in before the season started
That's fantastic news and bodes well for the future - but - we need the team to go with it. How can it take this long to put together a competitive squad? What we need has been known for a long time, yet we seem no closer getting it. It would have been nice t have at least most of the new signings bedded in before the season started OzzieGull
  • Score: -14

8:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OldGull says...

ringtone wrote:
Dunk gets 4 years.

Now there's a headline
A better news headline
Albion update their phone system.
At present they have an irritating ringtone
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Dunk gets 4 years. Now there's a headline[/p][/quote]A better news headline Albion update their phone system. At present they have an irritating ringtone OldGull
  • Score: 19

8:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

farside wrote:
Stunning news.
Congrats to all concerned. A reward for their harx work and Tony's investment.
Exactly my thoughts.
This is very important for the club's future and the long term development of the team. Having Category One status as Burke says is absolutely necessary to attract the best young players to BHA.
Well Done to Tony Bloom and everybody involved especially Martin Parry who oversaw the building and completion of the Academy and Training Centre at Lancing.
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Stunning news. Congrats to all concerned. A reward for their harx work and Tony's investment.[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts. This is very important for the club's future and the long term development of the team. Having Category One status as Burke says is absolutely necessary to attract the best young players to BHA. Well Done to Tony Bloom and everybody involved especially Martin Parry who oversaw the building and completion of the Academy and Training Centre at Lancing. ballantrrae
  • Score: 23

9:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OldGull says...

This is excellent news & vindication of the long term plan.
This is excellent news & vindication of the long term plan. OldGull
  • Score: 17

9:05pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

OzzieGull wrote:
That's fantastic news and bodes well for the future - but - we need the team to go with it. How can it take this long to put together a competitive squad? What we need has been known for a long time, yet we seem no closer getting it. It would have been nice t have at least most of the new signings bedded in before the season started
No closer to getting it, as far as you have been told... don't mistake that for inaction.
[quote][p][bold]OzzieGull[/bold] wrote: That's fantastic news and bodes well for the future - but - we need the team to go with it. How can it take this long to put together a competitive squad? What we need has been known for a long time, yet we seem no closer getting it. It would have been nice t have at least most of the new signings bedded in before the season started[/p][/quote]No closer to getting it, as far as you have been told... don't mistake that for inaction. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 6

9:10pm Fri 25 Jul 14

AlfieT says...

Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?
Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ? AlfieT
  • Score: 5

9:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

"It comes from having a very good relationship with Lee Charnley, the M.D," Pardew said of the increased transfer activity.
"We've spoken every day and are on top of every transfer. We've pitched in and signed players that we think will give us a chance to push for Champions League."

Great lesson here from NUFC!
"It comes from having a very good relationship with Lee Charnley, the M.D," Pardew said of the increased transfer activity. "We've spoken every day and are on top of every transfer. We've pitched in and signed players that we think will give us a chance to push for Champions League." Great lesson here from NUFC! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: -4

9:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

AlfieT wrote:
Hovite wrote:
AlfieT wrote:
Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.
Yep they should have moved Hypia back a bit and Bloom a bit more forward.
Or got Hyppia to stand in a hole.
Hyppia's nearly as tall as the main building!!
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Great news, but that picture, one of the funniest I've ever seen.[/p][/quote]Yep they should have moved Hypia back a bit and Bloom a bit more forward.[/p][/quote]Or got Hyppia to stand in a hole.[/p][/quote]Hyppia's nearly as tall as the main building!! SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 3

9:27pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Never_Wrong says...

AlfieT wrote:
Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?
No but it does mean they have to pay a proper fee rather than the flat £3k. Hopefully we'll be picking up some decent young players from other academies in the area. Eleven local lads playing for the first team would be brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?[/p][/quote]No but it does mean they have to pay a proper fee rather than the flat £3k. Hopefully we'll be picking up some decent young players from other academies in the area. Eleven local lads playing for the first team would be brilliant. Never_Wrong
  • Score: 10

9:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Conelli98 says...

It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor! Conelli98
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Great news.
Yet another small step for our ambitions and a giant leap for our hopes of Premiership football.
UTA
Great news. Yet another small step for our ambitions and a giant leap for our hopes of Premiership football. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 13

9:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Gary @ says...

Very good news for the club.

I see they have already organized Chelsea for the first week in August, anyone know if we are allowed to watch or if its another behind closed doors.
Very good news for the club. I see they have already organized Chelsea for the first week in August, anyone know if we are allowed to watch or if its another behind closed doors. Gary @
  • Score: 7

9:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Conelli98 says...

It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have let slip through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have let slip through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor! Conelli98
  • Score: -9

9:50pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Baldseagull says...

Whilst I am glad we have achieved Cat 1 status for the academy, the advantage it gives us is unfair, in my opinion. The situation could lead to less boys in the country getting a place at an academy at all as many clubs will not see any benefit it running youth sides if they are always going to lose the best to Cat 1 clubs for peanuts.
Whilst I am glad we have achieved Cat 1 status for the academy, the advantage it gives us is unfair, in my opinion. The situation could lead to less boys in the country getting a place at an academy at all as many clubs will not see any benefit it running youth sides if they are always going to lose the best to Cat 1 clubs for peanuts. Baldseagull
  • Score: -24

9:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

AlfieT says...

Never_Wrong wrote:
AlfieT wrote:
Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?
No but it does mean they have to pay a proper fee rather than the flat £3k. Hopefully we'll be picking up some decent young players from other academies in the area. Eleven local lads playing for the first team would be brilliant.
Thanks NW
[quote][p][bold]Never_Wrong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?[/p][/quote]No but it does mean they have to pay a proper fee rather than the flat £3k. Hopefully we'll be picking up some decent young players from other academies in the area. Eleven local lads playing for the first team would be brilliant.[/p][/quote]Thanks NW AlfieT
  • Score: 5

10:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

I'm not sure the academy is really the answer. Southampton have produced many good players with theirs but have been forced to sell them all and while it has earnt them money that money is nothing in comparison to the likes of the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, arsenal spurs and Chelsea plus the big European clubs who simply cherry pick their best players. And then Southampton can't even spend as much money as they would like if they choose to go for FFP, they now have to resort to signing foreign mercenaries who create their own problems. Unfortunately the only way to achieve real success is spend spend spend and hope to get away with it as the big clubs do and this doesn't look like changing any time soon FFP or no FFP. Its not a complete waste though, perhaps the academy could be turned in to a cinema/bowling complex with a KFC/Mcdonalds/Nandos
' instead. Also couldn't someone have found bloom an orange crate for the photo there?
I'm not sure the academy is really the answer. Southampton have produced many good players with theirs but have been forced to sell them all and while it has earnt them money that money is nothing in comparison to the likes of the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, arsenal spurs and Chelsea plus the big European clubs who simply cherry pick their best players. And then Southampton can't even spend as much money as they would like if they choose to go for FFP, they now have to resort to signing foreign mercenaries who create their own problems. Unfortunately the only way to achieve real success is spend spend spend and hope to get away with it as the big clubs do and this doesn't look like changing any time soon FFP or no FFP. Its not a complete waste though, perhaps the academy could be turned in to a cinema/bowling complex with a KFC/Mcdonalds/Nandos ' instead. Also couldn't someone have found bloom an orange crate for the photo there? Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -26

10:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gordongull says...

So we are now on a par with Arsenal and Man-U in terms of youth development.
We are currently some way off joining those clubs in the Premier League, and the success of the academy will play a large part in achieving that ambition. It will do so in a sustainable way, and could even lead to the club making a profit. We now have the potential to produce Premiership quality players in the Championship, which can be a great advantage in the coming seasons.
Youth development costs, are excluded from FFP in the same way as costs for infrastructure, and we now have a very cost-effective path in place for quality players to progress to the first team.
The 'state of the art' infrastructure and facilities are all in place, and we now have a real opportunity to work towards promotion without making huge losses along the way.
So we are now on a par with Arsenal and Man-U in terms of youth development. We are currently some way off joining those clubs in the Premier League, and the success of the academy will play a large part in achieving that ambition. It will do so in a sustainable way, and could even lead to the club making a profit. We now have the potential to produce Premiership quality players in the Championship, which can be a great advantage in the coming seasons. Youth development costs, are excluded from FFP in the same way as costs for infrastructure, and we now have a very cost-effective path in place for quality players to progress to the first team. The 'state of the art' infrastructure and facilities are all in place, and we now have a real opportunity to work towards promotion without making huge losses along the way. gordongull
  • Score: 19

10:26pm Fri 25 Jul 14

The Phantom says...

Great news about the academy award - shows the club are still doing a lot of things right.

On another matter (indeed another sport) what a remarkable innings by Luke Wright tonight. A shame (and being selfish a good thing too) that he cannot reproduce such form for England. Has become a real star player and great to watch. Sorry no comments pages on the cricket story.
Great news about the academy award - shows the club are still doing a lot of things right. On another matter (indeed another sport) what a remarkable innings by Luke Wright tonight. A shame (and being selfish a good thing too) that he cannot reproduce such form for England. Has become a real star player and great to watch. Sorry no comments pages on the cricket story. The Phantom
  • Score: 6

11:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

pte says...

AlfieT wrote:
Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?
nope

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[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?[/p][/quote]nope http://www.dailymail .co.uk/sport/footbal l/article-2361656/We st-Bromwich-youngste rs-snapped-Liverpool -Chelsea-Arsenal.htm l pte
  • Score: 4

11:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Believe the Hyypia says...

hannover seagull wrote:
This is of course a fantastic approval of the future development of BHA and a great credit too all involved

What most fans want to hear however is what is happening right now in terms of money available for incoming players and our goals for this season
Until now we have heard very little from the board on what the aspirations are for Brighton this year
I am convinced we have the right manager in both experience and commitment but he will need funds
I ,amongst others want to hear a bit of a war cry from the powers that be for a top six finish
Mid table is not acceptable
The communication with the fans needs to be improved from the management because i am not alone in thinking the club is in danger of taking the fans for granted
Not sure how building a new state of the art stadium, investing in a category one training facility, signing lucrative spinsorship deals with Nike and AMEX, and securing the services of young talent for years to come is taking the fans for granted. I can't help but feel that the spend spend spend mentality is so short sighted. The 'suits' have put us on the map as a footballing force to be reckoned with in the future. We need to be grateful that we are in the position we are in, our club is destined for the PL. Seagulls!
[quote][p][bold]hannover seagull[/bold] wrote: This is of course a fantastic approval of the future development of BHA and a great credit too all involved What most fans want to hear however is what is happening right now in terms of money available for incoming players and our goals for this season Until now we have heard very little from the board on what the aspirations are for Brighton this year I am convinced we have the right manager in both experience and commitment but he will need funds I ,amongst others want to hear a bit of a war cry from the powers that be for a top six finish Mid table is not acceptable The communication with the fans needs to be improved from the management because i am not alone in thinking the club is in danger of taking the fans for granted[/p][/quote]Not sure how building a new state of the art stadium, investing in a category one training facility, signing lucrative spinsorship deals with Nike and AMEX, and securing the services of young talent for years to come is taking the fans for granted. I can't help but feel that the spend spend spend mentality is so short sighted. The 'suits' have put us on the map as a footballing force to be reckoned with in the future. We need to be grateful that we are in the position we are in, our club is destined for the PL. Seagulls! Believe the Hyypia
  • Score: 13

11:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Does anyone know which other non-Premier League clubs have Cat One status?
Does anyone know which other non-Premier League clubs have Cat One status? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

12:21am Sat 26 Jul 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
The good news just keeps on rolling in :-D
Or trolling in, if the first post was referred to!
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: The good news just keeps on rolling in :-D[/p][/quote]Or trolling in, if the first post was referred to! daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 3

12:22am Sat 26 Jul 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
I'm not sure the academy is really the answer. Southampton have produced many good players with theirs but have been forced to sell them all and while it has earnt them money that money is nothing in comparison to the likes of the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, arsenal spurs and Chelsea plus the big European clubs who simply cherry pick their best players. And then Southampton can't even spend as much money as they would like if they choose to go for FFP, they now have to resort to signing foreign mercenaries who create their own problems. Unfortunately the only way to achieve real success is spend spend spend and hope to get away with it as the big clubs do and this doesn't look like changing any time soon FFP or no FFP. Its not a complete waste though, perhaps the academy could be turned in to a cinema/bowling complex with a KFC/Mcdonalds/Nandos

' instead. Also couldn't someone have found bloom an orange crate for the photo there?
I love it when you write more than one sentence, as it helps me to not be tempted to read the rest of the tripe that you post. Thank you so much.
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure the academy is really the answer. Southampton have produced many good players with theirs but have been forced to sell them all and while it has earnt them money that money is nothing in comparison to the likes of the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, arsenal spurs and Chelsea plus the big European clubs who simply cherry pick their best players. And then Southampton can't even spend as much money as they would like if they choose to go for FFP, they now have to resort to signing foreign mercenaries who create their own problems. Unfortunately the only way to achieve real success is spend spend spend and hope to get away with it as the big clubs do and this doesn't look like changing any time soon FFP or no FFP. Its not a complete waste though, perhaps the academy could be turned in to a cinema/bowling complex with a KFC/Mcdonalds/Nandos ' instead. Also couldn't someone have found bloom an orange crate for the photo there?[/p][/quote]I love it when you write more than one sentence, as it helps me to not be tempted to read the rest of the tripe that you post. Thank you so much. daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 6

12:50am Sat 26 Jul 14

100% Pure says...

Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
Outstanding post.Thank you
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]Outstanding post.Thank you 100% Pure
  • Score: -3

8:25am Sat 26 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club. ballantrrae
  • Score: 8

8:43am Sat 26 Jul 14

lenward says...

When you look why the club was 4 years ago to why they are today, in div 1 playing at withdean and at a make shift training ground. It is no wonder young talented players would look to London and better facilities. We now have a state of the arts training ground , and I can bet these young hopefuls will no longer want to travel 50 miles to play when they better on the door step.

I would like to congratulate Tony Bloom and all the suits as we call them for the hard work and money there have put into this club in the past few years, we all know it as not been easy.
When I went to the first game at the Amex I was like a kid going to his first football match, I think |I spent more time at looking around then I did watching the match what a amazing place to watch football. We may get into the premiership next season, but we all know it will not be long, then watch out the premiership because the Seagulls will be flying. Sorry a bit corny I know but could not resist. UTA.
When you look why the club was 4 years ago to why they are today, in div 1 playing at withdean and at a make shift training ground. It is no wonder young talented players would look to London and better facilities. We now have a state of the arts training ground , and I can bet these young hopefuls will no longer want to travel 50 miles to play when they better on the door step. I would like to congratulate Tony Bloom and all the suits as we call them for the hard work and money there have put into this club in the past few years, we all know it as not been easy. When I went to the first game at the Amex I was like a kid going to his first football match, I think |I spent more time at looking around then I did watching the match what a amazing place to watch football. We may get into the premiership next season, but we all know it will not be long, then watch out the premiership because the Seagulls will be flying. Sorry a bit corny I know but could not resist. UTA. lenward
  • Score: 6

9:16am Sat 26 Jul 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

I see now what the problem is at the club - it is run by short a£ses. Like Hyypia I'm 6ft 4'.
I see now what the problem is at the club - it is run by short a£ses. Like Hyypia I'm 6ft 4'. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -1

9:35am Sat 26 Jul 14

Conelli98 says...

ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities!
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities! Conelli98
  • Score: 6

10:40am Sat 26 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

Conelli98 wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities!
A very important and valid point Conelli98 and one that should be raised with the club especially if the local Sussex scouting system is as 'flawed' as you indicate (which wouldn't entirely surprise me).
If you are attending the Forum 5 August with Bloom, Hyypia and Barber you could raise it then
Barber quite rightly keeps saying that the club must be Premier League Ready (PLR) and from what you say this aspect of the club is not and is a weakness that needs addressing. I imagine this falls under Burke's remit
If you can't get to the Forum it is a question you could send in before the meeting Good luck if you do.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities![/p][/quote]A very important and valid point Conelli98 and one that should be raised with the club especially if the local Sussex scouting system is as 'flawed' as you indicate (which wouldn't entirely surprise me). If you are attending the Forum 5 August with Bloom, Hyypia and Barber you could raise it then Barber quite rightly keeps saying that the club must be Premier League Ready (PLR) and from what you say this aspect of the club is not and is a weakness that needs addressing. I imagine this falls under Burke's remit If you can't get to the Forum it is a question you could send in before the meeting Good luck if you do. ballantrrae
  • Score: 3

10:40am Sat 26 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

Conelli98 wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities!
A very important and valid point Conelli98 and one that should be raised with the club especially if the local Sussex scouting system is as 'flawed' as you indicate (which wouldn't entirely surprise me).
If you are attending the Forum 5 August with Bloom, Hyypia and Barber you could raise it then
Barber quite rightly keeps saying that the club must be Premier League Ready (PLR) and from what you say this aspect of the club is not and is a weakness that needs addressing. I imagine this falls under Burke's remit
If you can't get to the Forum it is a question you could send in before the meeting Good luck if you do.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities![/p][/quote]A very important and valid point Conelli98 and one that should be raised with the club especially if the local Sussex scouting system is as 'flawed' as you indicate (which wouldn't entirely surprise me). If you are attending the Forum 5 August with Bloom, Hyypia and Barber you could raise it then Barber quite rightly keeps saying that the club must be Premier League Ready (PLR) and from what you say this aspect of the club is not and is a weakness that needs addressing. I imagine this falls under Burke's remit If you can't get to the Forum it is a question you could send in before the meeting Good luck if you do. ballantrrae
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

OldGull wrote:
ringtone wrote:
Dunk gets 4 years.

Now there's a headline
A better news headline
Albion update their phone system.
At present they have an irritating ringtone
We've got one of those too! ;0)
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Dunk gets 4 years. Now there's a headline[/p][/quote]A better news headline Albion update their phone system. At present they have an irritating ringtone[/p][/quote]We've got one of those too! ;0) Captain Haddock
  • Score: 3

12:40pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

AlfieT wrote:
Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?
Nope, but it does mean we'll have better youngsters to nick in the first place. Just hope some of them will see us as similar to Saints (a better place to learn AND gain first team opportunities) and therefore to stay with us long enough to be on pro contracts i.e command a sizeable fee.

All the while they are on youth contracts they can be poached for much smaller compensation figures under the fairly recent new arrangement that is EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan).
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: Does this mean that having category one status stops premiership clubs from nicking the best youngsters ?[/p][/quote]Nope, but it does mean we'll have better youngsters to nick in the first place. Just hope some of them will see us as similar to Saints (a better place to learn AND gain first team opportunities) and therefore to stay with us long enough to be on pro contracts i.e command a sizeable fee. All the while they are on youth contracts they can be poached for much smaller compensation figures under the fairly recent new arrangement that is EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan). Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

WisdomSpeaks wrote:
"It comes from having a very good relationship with Lee Charnley, the M.D," Pardew said of the increased transfer activity.
"We've spoken every day and are on top of every transfer. We've pitched in and signed players that we think will give us a chance to push for Champions League."

Great lesson here from NUFC!
Champions League?......hehe.
[quote][p][bold]WisdomSpeaks[/bold] wrote: "It comes from having a very good relationship with Lee Charnley, the M.D," Pardew said of the increased transfer activity. "We've spoken every day and are on top of every transfer. We've pitched in and signed players that we think will give us a chance to push for Champions League." Great lesson here from NUFC![/p][/quote]Champions League?......hehe. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

1:00pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Does anyone know which other non-Premier League clubs have Cat One status?
Well Derby were also awarded it this week. Don't know about others....Fulham? Norwich?
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know which other non-Premier League clubs have Cat One status?[/p][/quote]Well Derby were also awarded it this week. Don't know about others....Fulham? Norwich? Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Spot on, B. This news is magnificent. It's a vindication of our long term vision and allows us to really compete in attracting talented youngsters.

Issues of player poaching will remain and I suppose our raised profile will mean raised scrutiny in how our juniors progress (also there will be a clearer picture of their potential as we play better opposition week on week) so there are drawbacks, but overall Cat 1 was always what we'd been hoping for and is the way forward.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Spot on, B. This news is magnificent. It's a vindication of our long term vision and allows us to really compete in attracting talented youngsters. Issues of player poaching will remain and I suppose our raised profile will mean raised scrutiny in how our juniors progress (also there will be a clearer picture of their potential as we play better opposition week on week) so there are drawbacks, but overall Cat 1 was always what we'd been hoping for and is the way forward. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

Conelli98 wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities!
Out of interest who's the Chelsea player you mention?
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities![/p][/quote]Out of interest who's the Chelsea player you mention? Captain Haddock
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Conelli98 says...

Captain Haddock wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities!
Out of interest who's the Chelsea player you mention?
As he is still 16/17 it would be unfair for me to mention his name but he played in last seasons Victory Shield for England, he got rave reviews for his display and I believe he scored!
[quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities![/p][/quote]Out of interest who's the Chelsea player you mention?[/p][/quote]As he is still 16/17 it would be unfair for me to mention his name but he played in last seasons Victory Shield for England, he got rave reviews for his display and I believe he scored! Conelli98
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Captain Haddock wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor!
A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ?
I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ?
The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it.
Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.
Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities!
Out of interest who's the Chelsea player you mention?
As he is still 16/17 it would be unfair for me to mention his name but he played in last seasons Victory Shield for England, he got rave reviews for his display and I believe he scored!
Ah ok. Fair enough.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: It may be elite status but you only have to look at the current crop of very talented Sussex youngsters that Brighton have slipped through their net in last two years. An Arsenal/Scotland midfielder, Villa keeper, Chelsea/ England forward, Arsenal Keeper, Southampton defender etc. facilities are amazing but scouting system very poor![/p][/quote]A very pertinent and well made point Conelli98 but I would raise the question as to what extent have BHA missed out on the talent to which you refer because until now we either hadn't got Category One status for our Academy and/or we were/are not in the Premier League (or just outside it) ? I agree that now having achieved that accolade our scouting network needs to be Premier League class so that having identified talented youngsters we can use our Category One status to attract them to the Academy not just from Sussex but from the whole country ? The Albion being awarded Category One 'Status' is one of the most positive and best bits of news, if not the best, to come out of the club in the last few months. Appointing Hyypia Manager is the only other event that IMO is anywhere near it. Once again congratulations to Tony Bloom and the club.[/p][/quote]Morning Ballantrrae... My actual gripe is with the scouting at youth level within the Sussex area. I'm fully aware that we have to look further afield for talent. The boys I mentioned are between 14 and 17 and we're never recognised by Brighton scouts, one of them has even been courted by a certain Liam Brady for nearly 7years. Only one has ever been given a trial at Brighton and he was deemed to small yet he now has a three year contract at Chelsea and plays at international level!!! There is still an element of 'who you know' at youth level and that is WRONG!. There should be a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of scouting at our club and then you will see the benefits of having an elite academy status with state of the art training facilities![/p][/quote]Out of interest who's the Chelsea player you mention?[/p][/quote]As he is still 16/17 it would be unfair for me to mention his name but he played in last seasons Victory Shield for England, he got rave reviews for his display and I believe he scored![/p][/quote]Ah ok. Fair enough. Captain Haddock
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