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Mar 15, 2018   |  4:42AM AET

PGFC Academy awarded coveted 2-Star status

PGFC Academy awarded coveted 2-Star status

Perth Glory Football Club is delighted to confirm that its academy has been granted 2-Star status, the highest level of academy accreditation available within Australia.

Having met a comprehensive and stringent set of criteria, Glory now joins a handful of other Hyundai A-League clubs in securing this prestigious and much-coveted honour which represents another key milestone in the club’s long-term strategic plan.

And Glory Football & Academy Director Jacob Burns is understandably delighted that the hard work and dedication of the club’s Coaching and Development team have been rewarded.

“Securing 2-Star status is an acknowledgement of the fact that our Academy is providing a clear, elite pathway from Under-12 level right through to the A-League professional team,” he said.

“It is a testament to the huge and sustained effort put in by numerous people at the club that our Academy has now been officially recognised as the elite example of its kind here in Western Australia.”

The likes of Jacob Italiano, Callum Timmins, Walter Scott and Yacoub Mustafa have all made the transition from the youth ranks into the first team this season and Burns is confident that many, many more will follow in the near future.

“It’s a very exciting time for the club in terms of its incredible young talent,” he said.

“We’ve recently seen Jacob Italiano progress from being a scholarship player into a first-team player and then sign for a major European club in Borussia Monchengladbach.

“We’re confident that securing 2-Star status will act as a catalyst for attracting and keeping many more talented young players in our system while also providing them with invaluable exposure to other football cultures in both Asia and Europe.

“There are now fantastic opportunities for other young players to follow in Jacob’s footsteps via a clearly-defined pathway that will see them given the chance to fulfil their potential here at Glory and with the various age-group national teams, enabling them to build a career that may well take them to other elite leagues around the world.”

Watch this video to get an insight into why the PGFC Academy is rated among the best of its kind in the country…