Training at the Academy of Light

What is EPPP?

A quick guide to the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

What is EPPP?

The club is delighted to have been awarded Category One status – the highest possible rating – under the new EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) system.

Academies were independently audited and given a category status of one to four, with one being the highest possible. Up to 10 different factors were considered in the grading, including productivity rates, training facilities and coaching, education and welfare provision.

The rating underlines once again the quality of Sunderland’s Academy facilities and staff.

The new system is designed to provide a vision for the future development of the game and is the first comprehensive revision of the Charter For Quality, which saw the introduction of Academies in 1998.

The aim of EPPP is ultimately to enhance the coaching given to youngsters, helping to bring through the country’s next generation of talent.

It was developed in consultation with Premier League clubs, the Football League, the Football Association and other key stakeholders within professional football.

Before the EPPP, rules dictated that clubs could only recruit players under the age of 16 who lived no more than 90 minutes from their home cities, but Category One clubs will be permitted to recruit nationally in the 12-16 age groups. 

The Six Fundamental Principles of EPPP:

1 – Increase the number and quality of home grown players gaining professional contracts at clubs and playing first-team football at the highest level;

2 – Create more time for players to play and be coached;

3 – Improving coaching provision;

4 – Implement a system of effective measurement and quality assurance;

5 – Implement strategic investment into the Academy system, demonstrating value for money;

6 – Seek to implement significant gains in every aspect of a player’s development.