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Academy Information

Address: Hull City Academy, The Croft, Bishop Burton College, York Road, Bishop Burton, HU17 8QG.

Telephone: 01482 358394

Sponsorship Opportunities: 01482 358313

The Hull City Academy develops talented young footballers from the age of eight to 23. There have been significant developments at the Academy since the club achieved Category Two status in the summer of 2015. The Academy recruits players of outstanding potential that can be nurtured into future first-team regulars. In line with the Football Association’s charter of quality, the Academy prepares players of the future for the club and enables them to progress both on and off the field. 

Since the move to Category Two status, the Academy has had in excess of 18 players appear for the first team in competitive fixtures. Local players now make up a large proportion of the first team squad, which represents a tremendous achievement for both the players and staff alike.

We are keen to build of this success through constant improvement and innovation, both on and off the field.

Hull City Academy has a number of key roles to play in support of the successful application of the club’s vision and mission:

To support the senior squad by producing talented local players who can play a substantial part in the success of our first team.

Produce players that not only support our first team, but also other surrounding clubs at both full-time and part-time football clubs.

To give opportunities to members of the local community in all aspects of the work carried out at the Academy. By engaging with locally educated and trained individuals, we can enhance our identity.

To develop individuals who on leaving Hull City are equipped with the attributes that enable them to have a successful career in their chosen field.

To maintain its growing reputation locally and nationally for delivering excellence and providing all with an experience that is both enjoyable and beneficial.

To maintain its progress based on our Club values - ‘Respect, Belief and Dedication’.

To deliver our mission consistently, we will continue to work closely with all our partners and stakeholders. While we always look to build new relationships, our main focus will be the ongoing work with the following stakeholders:

  • Premier League
  • The EFL
  • Bishop Burton College
  • All Hull City Departments
  • Tigers Trust
  • Our Club and Academy Sponsors
  • The University of Hull
  • All Local Media
  • The Football Association
  • East Riding County FA
  • Hull Boys Sunday Football League
  • East Riding Schools
  • Hull Schools
  • Humberside Schools

The vision for the Hull City Academy is to have the best Academy in our region. An Academy with a strong East Yorkshire base, which includes not only our players but our staff, too.

To achieve our vision, we must continue to invest in our staff, players and facilities. This will then assist in the continued development of all at our Academy and ensure that no matter how long they spend at the Academy, they have enjoyed the experience with us and left not only as improved individuals, but with skills that will assist them for many years to come.

To have guidance and support senior management of the club so all staff feel valued in their role and are able to use their expertise in their chosen field with the knowledge that support is always available. All staff are aware of their own responsibilities within the Academy Performance Plan and are measured on this accordingly.

Players are under no illusion that to succeed at our club, they must adhere to our values so they give themselves the best possible chance of progressing through each phase of the club. They do this with the aim of becoming individuals who become a significant part of our first-team squad.

By having this clear focus, all staff and players are fully aware of the part they can play in achieving our goals.

By communicating our vision, all supporters of Hull City are aware of our aims and can take pleasure in seeing the progress we make. Having an Academy that our local community and supporters are proud of can only enhance the continued development of our club.

The Academy continues to build on its strong local links, providing an opportunity to local players to grow, develop and realise their potential. We strive to establish and maintain a professional environment that stands out in the locality, having constant dialog with our players and parents and thus creating a family environment where players feel supported while also being challenged.

We are proud to have produced local players who have made the step up to the first team. Exactly 50% of our recent league debuts for Academy players have been from boys born within the Yorkshire region, one of whom is the youngest-ever player to start a first-team match for Hull City.

For Hull City Academy to maintain this progress, we must all share the same values which will shape all connected with the club for the future.

“We are PREPARED to dedicate ourselves to the goal of becoming a professional footballer. Our PASSION for the game and the club is what unites us. We will be relentless in our pursuit of EXCELLENCE.”

FOUNDATION PHASE (U9s/U10s)

Playing Philosophy:

Be comfortable receiving the ball in all areas of the pitch, play without fear of making mistakes and express themselves at all times. As the players progress through the phase, our style of play will become more evident in playing out from the back and through the thirds.

Coaching Philosophy:

Safe and enjoyable learning environment where coaches guide and allow mistakes with praise given for intent.

 

TRANSITION PHASE (U11s/U12s)

Playing Philosophy:

Development of team shape, units of play and roles and responsibilities. Introduction to playing positions and tactical understanding. Play out from the back, break lines and play forward where possible. Defend as an individual and as a unit. Midfielders to rotate positions. Strikers play quickly in and around the penalty box, be creative in wide areas and develop composure in front of goal.

Coaching Philosophy:

Maximise potential through an enjoyable learning experience. Learning through exploration and discovery.

 

EARLY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE (U13s/U14s)

Playing Philosophy:

Build on and develop understanding of roles and responsibilities acquired in the transition phase. Maximise potential through an enjoyable learning experience. Learn the principles of forward-thinking possession-based football through exploration and discovery.

Coaching Philosophy:

Principles of the game through an enjoyable learning experience. A more challenging environment with a shift towards performance.

 

LATE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE (U15s/U16s)

Playing Philosophy:

To play forward-thinking football with an emphasis on playing through the thirds. Players to stay on the ball in a composed and controlled manner. Players on, around and away from the ball to stay connected to the ball by beginning to predict play and positioning themselves in an organised manner ready to receive the ball.

Coaching Philosophy:

Move towards specialisation with more emphasis on execution. More challenge and shift towards performance and outcomes.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE (U18s/U23s)

Playing Philosophy:

To play forward-thinking forward with an emphasis on playing through the thirds. We expect our players and teams to be organised when out of possession and committed when defending. Players need to be aware and react quickly to the transition. Systems of play: 1-4-3-3, 1-4-4-2 and 1-3-5-2.

Coaching Philosophy:

Develop professionalism and individual responsibility. Encouraging innovation in pursuit of specialisation. Emphasis on performance and results.

The Academy takes a holistic educational approach to producing young players who are well rounded in all areas and can apply their knowledge in a practical situation.

In all areas of their development, whether football, educational or social, we attempt to expose all young players to a range of experiences to produce confident, socially adept individuals who are eager to learn and develop. The Academy works closely with schools to ensure each young player is on target with their academic development and is available to attend our School Release Programme in years 10 and 11. Following school, those players who are offered an apprenticeship take part in a full education framework, meaning players are qualified for employment or university as an option for the future.

We believe that each young player is a unique individual who needs a secure, positive and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. We are committed to helping players meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking and invites a sharing of ideas.

The awareness and influence of sports science and medicine within modern day football is increasing in prevalence and now becoming commonplace.

The Sports Science and Medicine Department at the Academy aims to give every player from Under-9s to Under-23s exposure to sports science practice and sports medicine support. The department aims to maximise a player's physical qualities tailored around their individual needs as identified through objective performance tests, but also subjective identification of what will help them be successful on the pitch.

The integration of all support services within the Sports Science and Medicine Department overseeing all ages within the Academy helps allow for continuity of the working practices and is seen as optimal for successful player development pathway.

The department's expertise is combined with cutting edge technology, such as GPS to track changes in a player's physical qualities, and to also track the player’s susceptibility to injury through training load monitoring. Medical staff use movement screens to identify areas of strength, but more importantly for performance optimization, areas of risk. The player will then be supported through a comprehensive programme of prehabilitation to ensure that any deficiencies are corrected.

The medical staff provide one-on-one attention to an injured player, with the care of the player dedicated to one member of staff who will support the player from injury diagnosis through to return to play. This continuity through the rehabilitation phase helps with compliance, and ensuring the player is returned in a much better physical and mental state than pre-injury.

The overall driving force behind the department is to have an Academy where the players have the physical confidence and ability to express and execute their technical quality against anyone in the country.

The Hull City Academy Sport Science and Medicine Team mission statement:

"Individualised, player-centred approach to performance optimisation, minimising occurrence of injury and illness and the impact on availability for training and match play."

  • The Hull City Academy provides opportunities for talented young footballers from Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and the wider Yorkshire region to step up from grassroots football into our Category Two programme.
  • This process begins with the Tigers Trust after school clubs and holiday Football Centres, before moving on to our Development Centres at U7s and U8s.
  • From the Development Centres, players with the necessary potential can progress to our Pre-Academy for U7s and U8s.
  • The Academy groups operate from U9s to U23s, which enables players with the necessary ability and potential to be recruited at any stage of their development.
  • Hull City aims to ensure the local catchment area is represented through its Academy and also seeks to help grassroots and schools football to continue to flourish.

The Academy believes that football should be fun, healthy and life-enhancing, and that all those who participate in the club’s activities should have an enjoyable and safe experience. 

The Club/Academy acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is fully committed to ensuring that safeguarding practice reflects statutory and legal responsibilities, government policies and guidance, and Premier League, EFL and FA requirements.

Our policies and practice, recognise that the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people, are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children: 

  • Are protected from abuse 
  • Have a positive and enjoyable experience at the Academy, in a safe and child-centred environment. 

The Academy acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse. 

As part of our safeguarding policy, everyone at the Academy will:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people 
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers at the club understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children, and are provided with safeguarding training that reflects the nature of their role 
  • Ensure that appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and that support is provided to individuals who raise concerns. 
  • Ensure that confidential, detailed, and accurate records of safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored on the Club MyConcern electronic safeguarding system 
  • Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals, and ensure that all DBS are in place and kept up to date, of all staff and volunteers at the Academy 
  • Ensure that robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in place and followed at all times. 

Our safeguarding policies and procedures are widely promoted and mandatory for everyone involved with the Academy. Failure to comply will be addressed without delay and action will be taken. Our policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and updated annually and must be approved yearly by the Board of Directors of Hull City. The Academy safeguarding is subjected to rigorous internal and external audits from Barnardo's, Premier League, EFL and FA. 

 

Monitoring 

All Safeguarding policies are reviewed annually, or if there are changes in legislation/guidance, or as required by the Local Safeguarding Board, UK Sport or Premier League/EFL. 

 

Reporting Your Concerns 

If you have a concern about your own safety or the safety, welfare or wellbeing of a child, or adults at risk you can speak to: 

Caroline Adamson - Safeguarding Manager - 01482 358359 / 07525873309 

If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child, you can also contact: 

Humberside Police - 101 or 999 in an emergency 

Children’s Social Care - 01482 448879 (daytime) / 01482 788080 (Emergency Duty Team) 

NSPCC 24-Hour Helpline - 0808 800 5000 

 

Keeping Yourself Safe Online 

The Club and the Academy are proud to be involved in the ever-growing protection of vulnerable people online, with an enormous number of children and young people across the UK able to access the internet. Social media is paramount in how they stay in touch with friends and family. The issue being, the internet is also a public place and while it brings many opportunities, it also creates an avenue for new risks and challenges. 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of the UK police, set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children. The CEOP Centre aims to educate children, young people, their parents, carers and fans to understand the risks they may face online and what they can do to empower themselves to stay safe. 

The Club and the Academy utilise the internet to communicate in a variety of ways. It is important therefore to understand how to make use of this technology appropriately and working with the CEOP Centre and their education programme, ‘Think U Know’, will help to achieve this. For more information, please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 

The Hull City Executive Club has supported the Hull City Academy for many years.

This support has seen numerous donations for many aspects of Academy life, but it has now been agreed that any financial support should be directed towards individual players rather than the Academy itself.

Therefore, those parents/guardians of players who may find it helpful if there was modest financial support for their child/children can, should they wish, apply to the Executive Club for financial support in order to assist the continued football development of their son. 

An application can be made for financial support that directly assists with Academy attendance and will be treated in the strictest confidence with no publicity. Only those asked to sit on the awarding panel will have knowledge of any applications.

Any parent/guardian wishing to apply to the Executive Club can do so by contacting Academy Manager Richard Naylor in the strictest of confidence via email at richard.naylor@hulltigers.com.

Please note there is a limit of £250 which can be allocated; however, any award given is at the discretion of the awarding panel.

If you have any queries regarding the Executive Club fund, please contact Richard via email or by arranging a meeting through Academy Secretary Tina Nixon.