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Academy Retains Category 3 Status

3 June 2014

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Chesterfield's academy has retained its category 3 status after auditors from Double PASS found the club to meet standards that are set from the Premier League and throughout the Football League.

The Spireites fell slightly short of the required pass mark in an initial audit in November last year, threatening a downgrade to category 4 that would have seen a drastic decrease in funding and the loss of the U9 to U16 programmes.

However, after the club elected for an early re-audit in April 2014, Chesterfield's academy was found to meet the required standards and were granted category 3 status. 

Speaking after receiving the results, 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 aim to remain a category 3 academy.

"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."

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