Ipswich Town academy boss Bryan Klug has revealed his worries about Norwich City benefitting from the Tractor Boys missing out on Category One status for their youth academy.

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EADTIpswich Town academy director Bryan Klug . Picture: EADT

The Blues discovered that their application for top academy status had been rejected last week, after independent auditors ruled that the Suffolk club had fallen 0.3pc short of the required 75pc pass mark.

With that news coinciding with the Canaries launching player development centres at three venues in Suffolk next month, Klug fears Ipswich could lose out to their local rivals in the battle for the region’s top young players.

The Canaries are holding two sessions in north Suffolk, at Bury St Edmunds on August 14 and Stradbroke on August 18, and one which is just three miles from Town’s Portman Road stadium, in Whitton, on August 15.

City’s academy was awarded Category One status under the Barclays Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) rules in December 2012.

Ipswich Town have several former star players now working as coaches within their academy. 



L-R: Simon Milton, Adam Adematey, Scott Mitchell, Bryan Klug, Jason Dozzell, Steve McGavin, Gerard Nash, James Krause. Picture: Gregg BrownIpswich Town have several former star players now working as coaches within their academy. L-R: Simon Milton, Adam Adematey, Scott Mitchell, Bryan Klug, Jason Dozzell, Steve McGavin, Gerard Nash, James Krause. Picture: Gregg Brown

With the club’s Under-18s also winning the FA Youth Cup in 2013 and its Under-21s finishing in the top half of the Barclays U21 Premier League last season ahead of being split for this season – the Canaries look to have the edge over their rivals in youth football at the moment.

Asked if he felt Town’s academy set-back would see young players departing this season, Klug replied: “No, but I think if it was more long-term then we would lose a few players because if I was a parent of a 10 (or) 11-year-old I would want to get them into a Category One programme.

“Short-term I think we’ll be all-right though. I think the parents can see what we’re trying to do here.”

The annual costs of running a Category One academy are estimated at around £2.5m, compared to around £1m for Category Two.

The benefits include a significant grant from the Premier League, the ability to recruit young players from nationwide and a games programme against the elite teams from your region.

“It doesn’t really matter to us if we can recruit from the north or not because we’re not going to do that,” Klug added. “We want to get good players from this area and have them playing against the best players of their age. Occasionally we’ll bring in a boy from Ireland or wherever, but we’re not about that.

“We want to make this academy as attractive as possible for young players because we don’t want them going down the road to Norwich or West Ham just because those clubs are playing the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.”

19 comments

  • Are you sure it`s not 11 stone 12 pounds and 3 ounces, el dingo? I`d hate you to be "inaccurate" ;-)... Is Timbo the spawn of Steely Dan?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Blimey Timbo! Probably just luck but I'm 11st12lb now just like when I was 17 or so. I drink like a shoal of fish but don't go nuts on the fat food. That's why i will never get benefit I guess!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Obviously the "All You Can Eat For A Tenner" Indian buffet place in 1p5wich does a roaring trade....Is the 1p5wich Town Training Centre actually anything to do with the football club, or do they just train you for life in 1p5wich...benefits advice, insurance accident claims, excuses for missing community service, free prescriptions, how to mount a legal challenge against Social Services taking your kids into care etc etc......?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Are we sure that is not a picture of their first team squad waiting in the wages line?

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • May not be interested buddy but having the grade over ipswich is a massive plus to keeping players coming through the ranks to the first team. It will be a fair few years before the major benefits appear but its exciting stuff.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Not interested. Only thing that matters is NCFC. Need to keep getting the academy players through into the first team.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I think the SLOBS would look more professional that this little group. How many coaching staff have we got? Need a wide angle lens to fit them all in.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I think the SLOBS would look more professional that this little group. How many coaching staff have we got? Need a wide angle lens to fit them all in.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Now there's inside information for you.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Bless them. Cant believe how much extra timber Dozzell has put on. About 6-7 years ago I played in a friendly against what was meant to be the Ipswich Town groundsmen. However there line up included former GK coach Andy Rhodes, Simon Milton, Jason Dozell, Jim Magilton (whose contract had expired the day before and had only showed up at the training ground to sign his new deal but played before anyway), a former ITFC striker with the 2nd name Gregory (first name slips my mind so maybe Brew or someone could remind me) and what turned out to be a very young Jordan Rhodes & Billy Clarke. We got stuffed! Looking at Dozzell in this picture though I think we could've taken them. Milton & Co were never much cop anyway ;)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Perhaps the borrowed ground of Ipswich should be renamed Portlyman Road

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    B Inners

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • They couldn't even afford a kit for Milton.

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    frankief

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Don't fret 1p5wich "fans", none of the good young players were going there anyway...OTBC! Category One status team!

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I have it on terrible authority...Jason Dozzell has eaten an trialist!!

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    frankief

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • ..... # Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, will you be Norwich or West Ham, unlucky Mick McCarthy # .....

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • The finest shadow of them all, Ian. Apparently, he has lunch regularly with `oor Brucie` at Hull`s premiere pie emporium.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Ahhh, bless them...always lacking that little something.

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    frankief

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Blimey, Jason Dozzell looks like he enjoys life as an ex-Pro these days!

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    Ian

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Good. A few of their academy coaches "cast a fine shadow". They can console themselves that they couldn`t afford to run a top-status operation anyway. I bet they were relieved about that missing 0.3%. Success would`ve been a disaster...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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