by Matthew Gamble

"Everton is recognised, indeed, renowned, throughout world football as a Club which is not only steeped in history but as one which is a centre of sporting excellence for the aspiring young players of tomorrow. Whilst this reputation is well-deserved, it would not have been earned without the determination, dedication and professionalism of those within our Academy. We have always given our total, unswerving support to Everton Football Club's Academy and we shall continue to do so." - Bill Kenwright, Everton chairman

“The value of a successful youth academy cannot be underestimated. The capacity to provide any manager with players capable of playing at the highest level, in the most demanding league in the world, is essential to the continued growth and development of a leading football club. It is something Everton has been able to do successfully on a sustained basis and I know that our track record is looked upon with envy across the Premier League.” - Robert Elstone, Everton chief executive officer