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Academy Structure

At the Exeter City Academy there have three-tiers of Player Progression Pathway, which allows players to develop at their own speed and progress to the next level if and when they are ready.

Initially, players will begin at one of our Advanced Development Centres (ADCs) located around the South West of England. ADCs are devised for talented young football players from the age of 6 to 14. The ADC’s are located in Dorset (Sherborne), East Devon (Axminster), Exeter & Mid Devon (Cranbrook), North Devon (Barnstaple), Somerset (Bridgewater), South Devon (Totnes/Paignton).

Players that consistently display the ECFC Must Haves and good ability will earn the opportunity to progress up the pathway pyramid to our Performance Centre (PC) when the coaches and academy recruitment department have reviewed player performances and they feel are at the level required to step up to the next pathway.

The Performance Centre is situated in Exeter and is essentially the link between the ADC and full Academy.

Training at the ADCs and the Performance Centre takes place once a week, as we encourage players to also continue training and playing matches with their grassroots club.

Academy scouts regularly visit these centres to assess player levels in addition to communicating with ADC & Performance centre coaches on player progression.

The top tier of the player progression pathway is the Academy itself. Players within the Academy train and play exclusively for Exeter City (School/District 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.

In the forms link below are choices of ADC’s. Once the application is received for centre preference, in the next round of trials an invitation will be sent with a date to commence for a free 2 week trial period. In this period it will be used to assess the player’s current level as there is potential for the player to be moved up the pathway swiftly.  We encourage the players to enjoy their football with us at Exeter City FC and look forward to you becoming part of our team.

ADC Trial Forms