City Academy Gets Category 2 Status

Last updated : 10 July 2012 By Covsupport News Service

As expected, Coventry City's Academy has been awarded Category 2 status under the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

The EPPP which is heavily weighted in favour of the Premier League clubs with big budgets, means that City were given the second status due to not being able to meet the required budget requirements of £2.325m and have eighteen full time staff that is required to be a category one club. 

In order to satisfy the new rules, City proved that they were able to meet the requirements of an estimated budget of £969k and will be allowed to take players from the age of four and sign players from the age of nine.

The new EPPP means that City will now only be able to charge a club wishing to buy one of their youngsters £25k per year that they have had a player between the ages of 12 and 16.