No kids in academy
CRAWLEY Town have decided not to run a schoolboy programme as part of their academy this year.
The Reds are to operate a Category Four academy because of the high costs of running the new Football League approved Elite Player Performance Plan.
"Because of funding restrictions sadly we will not be able to deliver a schoolboy programme this season," Reds chief executive Alan Williams explained. "This is something that we will continue to monitor and review on a regular basis with the intention of becoming a Category Three club at some stage in the future.
"We have written to all parents and will of course be doing our utmost to provide a smooth transition so that members of the schoolboy programme can continue their development at other football clubs."
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A Category Four club is mainly designed to pick up youngsters who are late developers or have been released from other academies or centres of excellence. The players will be 16 years of age or above and such an academy will require an estimated budget of £100,000.
A Category Three club coaches children from the age of 11 and requires an estimated budget of £315,000.