Chesterfield: Spireites retain academy status

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Chesterfield’s academy has bounced back from an initial setback to retain its category three status.

Its status and funding will be maintained for the next three years after auditors found the club’s academy to meet standards set throughout the Premier League and Football League.

The Spireites fell short of the pass mark in an initial audit in November but has met the requirements this time around after the club elected for an early re-audit.

Academy manager Gerry Carr said: “It is very pleasing to have received positive audit results after all the hard work and effort that my staff and I have put in over the past few months.

“It was imperative that we kept our programme from U9s to U16s as ultimately my job as academy manager is to produce home-grown players from Chesterfield and the surrounding areas who can progress into professional football at our club.

“I have had excellent backing from our chairman Dave Allen, chief executive Chris Turner, director of youth Chris Breeze and the rest of the board in our collective goal to remain a category three academy.” He added: “My aim as academy manager is to maintain the high standards that have been set throughout this football club and to see us continue to progress.”