Dolan on Cat One achievement
Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan is delighted we have secured Category One Academy status, and believes we are one of the very best places for young players to ply their trade.
We have had great success with our Academy players in recent years, and Category One status is the next step in that journey.
Eamonn said, "It’s testimony to the vision of the Chairman, the owner, Nigel Howe, Nick Hammond, Brian McDermott and now Nigel Adkins. They’ve been incredibly supportive of the quest for Reading Football Club to have a Category One status Academy.
"I’m really pleased for all the staff who have worked so hard. We really did have to go through some hoops. We were granted provisional Category One status for last season, we had our audit and we got a great audit.
"At Reading we do our stuff properly, we do it under the radar and we do it with dignity. We’re probably the lowest profile Academy in England. The fact that Reading Football Club has got a Category One Academy is fantastic news.
"It’s all about the future. Hopefully more players in the future can progress but the first thing is that they have to be good enough. It’s up to the Academy to work hard, work together, to make sure the players are good enough.
"The manager Nigel Adkins has been incredibly supportive of the young players. It’s very important that we keep moving forward and give the football club the entertainment and success that everybody wants.
"It’s the people that are important. The commitment of the staff – they all know who they are. There are so many of them that you’d hate to leave somebody out. We’re a family, not just a team of people.
"I’m totally confident with the Academy staff, the board of directors and the first team staff, that there’ll be great opportunities. I believe there isn’t a better place for a young player to be and I think a lot of people in football feel that."