Former Nottingham Forest player and current staff member Andy Reid has taken to Twitter to express his delight after the club was awarded Category One status at academy level.
The Midlands club has now secured a conditional licence for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign and will now be able to enter the elite academy games programme, which includes Premier League 2 and various cup competitions that were not previously available to them.
There is a five day standards audit for Forest to follow throughout the year long conditional agreement and if they past the respective tests, they will secure the status on a more long term basis.
The Reds have previously brought through the likes of Joe Worrall, Ryan Yates and Alex Mighten in recent years to the first team and will be looking to continue that current trend over the next few seasons.
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Reacting to the announcement earlier, Reid, who is now the club’s under-23 manager tweeted the following:
— Andy Reid (@AndyReidXI) May 25, 2021
The 38-year-old Irishman was appointed in the role back in January of this year and will now work with the rest of the academy set up to ensure that the Reds keep their standards high in order to maintain their Category One status for years to come.
As with other clubs of this level, the status was allocated by the Professional Game Academy Audit Company, an organisation which was established by the Premier League, EFL and The FA in order to improve and maintain the quality of academies in this country as part of the national commitment to producing better homegrown players.
Now that Forest have secured the highest status around, they can now be spoken about in the same breath as other top academy systems such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and many other leading clubs in the Premier League.