At the Exeter City Academy we have a three-tiered player progression pathway which allows players to develop at their own speed and progress to the next level if and when they are ready.
The process begins at one of our nine advanced development centres, situated around the South West. These ADCs are based in Axminster, Barnstaple, Bideford, Bridgwater, Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, South Devon (Paignton), Taunton and Yeovil.
From here players may be selected to make the step into our performance centre, based in Exeter. Training at the ADCs & Performance Centre takes place once a week in addition to the player's club training, whilst players are encouraged to continue playing for their grassroots team.
The top tier of the player progression pathway is the academy itself. Players within the academy train and play exclusively for Exeter City (school football is also encouraged) with the aim of becoming well-rounded young men and, hopefully, Exeter City first team players.
George Friend was the first player to develop through the club's player progression pathway, attending the Barnstaple ADC before progressing all the way through to the first team.
George was then sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers, making his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford, before going on to captain Middlesbrough in the Premier League.
Please visit the Academy Trials page to find out how you can become a part of the Exeter City player progression pathway.