Now into its seventh season, the Barnet FC Academy is now a well-established academy within London. With good success over the first five years in terms of both player production and player sales, the club are keen to continue investing in their youth system. Despite the disappointment of Barnet's relegation from the Football League in 2013, the Academy has continued to prosper. As a Category 3 Academy under the Elite Player Performance Plan, the Academy competes against teams ranging from Championship to League Two level, right across the U8-U18 age groups. This provides excellent challenges for all signed players on a weekly basis, and as each season goes by, the teams become more and more competitive against these clubs across all age ranges. The club has a solid staffing base, with a core coaching staff working closely alongside part-time coaching staff. Alongside the coaching, the club has medical, conditioning, recruitment and performance analysis departments, with all staff playing a valuable role in the holistic development of each player at the club. The Academy has a firm belief in the importance of playing free-flowing football, whatever the circumstances and whatever the outcome, in order to develop the best players possible. This involves running a creative technical circuit on a Monday evening, where we encourage the players to learn new skills and tricks in both unopposed and opposed one-on-one situations. As players get older and begin to experience eleven-a-side football, we provide players with a sound tactical base and a good grounding, should they go on to make the step up to the Youth Team, and, ultimately, the first team. We firmly believe that in order to develop both the best people and players possible at Barnet FC, we must foster the most trusting, enjoyable and ambitious environment that we can to challenge the players to want to improve every time they step foot in the building. Being a player within the Barnet FC Academy is not just about the football, it is about the person, and we do everything that we can to foster the development of each person signed at Barnet FC, from both a football and general life perspective.