Expert: Officials have just handed Nottingham Forest 'elite' recruitment boost
Nottingham Forest have been handed a major youth recruitment boost after their academy was granted Category One status.
That is the view of data expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and statistical analysis.
As relayed by Training Ground Guru last Tuesday (21 June), officials from the Professional Game Board have granted Premier League new boys the highest ranking for their youth set-up.
The provisional license is expected to be confirmed pending an inspection by auditors before the start of the 2022-23 campaign.
Forest have been operating at Category Two level since the rollout of the Elite Player Performance Plan in 2011.
Dinnery claims that the news will be an attractive selling point when the club markets itself to possible new rising stars.
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“The implication with Category One is that it’s elite,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“You’re not just talking about player development and talent acquisition, you’re talking about a well-rounded environment with coaches and psychologists.
“Every aspect of your footballing life is being managed, and you are being supported away from the training ground as well.
“You can be safe in the knowledge that, if you’re in a Category One club, you have the best possible opportunity to make the grade.
“That is so important when you’re trying to attract these young players who are looking to transition either through the ranks, to another club, or to another walk of life.”