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Academy structure

At Exeter City Academy we have a progression pathway, which allows players to develop at their own speed and progress to higher levels if and when they are ready. This starts off at our advanced development centres. 

The club has 10 advanced development centres across the south-west at the following locations: Barnstaple, Bideford, Bridgwater, Colyton, Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Plymouth, South Devon, Taunton and Yeovil Town.

For more information on each ADC, please click on the place name above.

A player who shows promise at an advanced development centre is then invited to the club’s performance centre – based at St Luke’s School, in Exeter. If successful there, the player will then be signed by the academy and look to progress towards a scholarship – as an under-18 player – and then into the Exeter City first team.

George Friend was the first player to develop through the club’s progression pathway system – attending the advanced development centre in Barnstaple before making it into the Exeter City first team.

He was then sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers and made his Premier League debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford before going on to captain Middlesborough in England’s top flight.