Jez Moxey was a member of the Premier League youth development working group which was detailed to look at progressing Academy football and youth development.
And so the Wolves CEO was involved with contemporaries from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in shaping the high standards and facilities required for Wolves to achieve Category One status as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan.
Jez has described today as a “proud day” for the Club and its youth arm as the Category One decision is revealed alongside the official launch of the new state-of-the-art 3G playing surface, the first step in the
extensive redevelopment of the Academy facilities.
“I sat on the Premier League working group and helped formulate the plans for the EPPP and so understood what the requirements were and what sort of work we needed to put in,” says Jez.
“To achieve the Category One status was vital for us in maintaining our youth development programme which is of fundamental importance to the whole club.
“The Board have supported our quest and the Academy with the required finance to make it happen and Kevin and the staff have done a terrific job in maintaining the excellent standards required to achieve the
“That puts us alongside teams like Chelsea and Manchester City who have also got the Category One status for three years, in contrast to some other Premier League clubs who have only got Category One for a
year and others who will be Category Two.
“This puts us right up there with the very best Academies in the country and we are thrilled about it but also feel it is appropriate for Wolves given our track record and commitment to producing quality young
“We believe whole-heartedly in youth development and, coupled with the fantastic 3G facility being officially opened today, and the additional development in the pipeline, we are moving towards an Academy
offering some of the best facilities in the whole country.
“It is a very proud day for Wolves to have secured the Category 1 status, which re-affirms the belief that we have the people, provision and facilities to match that.
“And of course we hope this will speed up the process of getting more players through the ranks into the first team.
“We are always delighted to see Academy graduates make it into the first team like David Davis and Anthony Forde last season and we are always wanting more - hopefully we will see the fruits of our labours in