TGG Live: Youth Development Webinar

OUR Youth Development event is returning to provide insights into the working practices at top clubs.

The inaugural event was held at Manchester's AJ Bell Stadium in 2019, with attendees from dozens of clubs and federations (including Manchester United defender Phil Jones).

This year's event is online, on Tuesday November 30th, and will feature:

  • Nick Cox: Academy Director at Manchester United.
  • Michael Hamilton: Academy Manager at AFC Wimbledon.
  • Gregg Broughton Academy Manager at Bodø/Glimt.
  • Ged Roddy MBE: Technical Director at Charlton/ architect of modern Academy system.
  • Per Mertesacker: Academy Manager at Arsenal.
  • Russell Earnshaw: Player developer with PostPro.

During the webinar we will also be revealing the results of our exclusive Academy Productivity Rankings, compiled by TGG's Josh Schneider-Weiler. The rankings, which we also published in 2017/18 and 2016/17, are the only publicly available resource of their kind.

They will rank Category One to Three Academies according to how many professional players they produced in 2020/21.

The Youth Development Webinar is a full-day event which will be held via Zoom. You can buy tickets HERE.

Please note:

  • Places are limited.
  • Please register with the email you intend to use to access the event on the day.
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date version of Zoom/ are ready to log in.
  • A recording of the event will be available to ticket holders for seven days after November 30th.
  • There will be the opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of their sessions - and to interact with other attendees.
  • Programme is subject to change.



Nick Cox is the Head of Academy at Manchester United, who have come top in the previous two editions of the Academy Productivity Rankings. He joined the club in May 2016 and has previously been Academy Manager at Sheffield United and Watford. Nick appeared on Episode #15 of the TGG Podcast, when he explained the 'higher purpose' of Man Utd's Academy.

Michael Hamilton has worked for AFC Wimbledon for more than 13 years and been their Academy Manager since August 2019. Academy players have made 378 appearances for the club during the last decade and there is an ambitious target for half of the first team to be composed of homegrown players going forwards.

Gregg Broughton is the Academy Director at Bodø/Glimt, the Norwegian side who are making a big noise in European football. Last year they won their league title and this season they've beaten giants Roma 6-1 in the Europa Conference League. Youth is a key part of their strategy, with more than a quarter of their minutes going to homegrown players this term. Gregg is a former Academy Manager of Norwich City and Luton Town in England.

Per Mertesacker was a World Cup-winning defender for Germany and played seven seasons with Arsenal. He is now the club's Academy Manager, a role he has held since 2018. The Gunners are one of the top 10 clubs in Europe for homegrown players this season, according to the CIES.

Ged Roddy MBE is the architect of the modern Academy system. In 2009 he became the first Director of Youth at the Premier League and three years later launched the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), which transformed youth development in this country. Ged is now Technical Director at League One side Charlton Athletic.

Russell Earnshaw won the 1998 European Cup as a player with Bath Rugby. After that, the Cambridge University graduate transitioned into education and coaching and has consulted for organisations including Google, the Football Association and the Rugby Football League. He will be presenting on behalf of PostPro, along with their founder Luke Lavery, on 'developing 3D footballers.'

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