The below policy applies to all Derby County Football Club Academy teams.
Derby County Football Club Academy understands being released from registration can be
a very difficult and challenging time. Academy Players and parents should remember that
involvement in the programme is a tremendous achievement. Throughout the process
every effort will be made to be sympathetic to the player’s disappointment and support will
be in place for them to access at any point.
No Academy can guarantee that a player will become a professional footballer, however we
can guarantee that Academy players and parents will have suitable and relevant support
which is offered through Derby County Football Club Academy Player Care Manager Gary
If released from the Academy, our Player Care Manager will contact you and support your
family to make you aware of the various options you may wish to pursue.
If Derby County Football Club Academy does not wish to extend the registration of a
scholar, we also committed to providing support in addition to League Football Education
(LFE) The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) or any other relevant parties. This
support will be tailored, ongoing and documented.
All players will be provided with feedback from their coaches and via PMA throughout the
season. Whilst formal meetings are scheduled at key points throughout the season (e.g.
parents evening) the Academy staff are happy to meet players and parents outside of these
timescales to discuss development via arranged appointments.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (ALL AGE GROUPS)
Each family to be provided ‘transition support’ document discussed in detail with
head of player care
Each family to be provided with ‘transition support flow chart’ so they are aware of
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (AGE SPECIFIC)
UNDER 16 ASSESSMENT TRIALS
In order to provide an opportunity to obtain a further period of registration at a different
club, The Football League stages Under 16 assessment trials, usually during the half term
week in February. The assessment trials are attended by scouts from various clubs and
education establishments and your performance at these events may provide an
opportunity to join a new club or be offered a place at a college or university.
To be eligible to attend the trials you must have been registered at an Academy and have
been released during the current season. To attend the trials, you are required to be
nominated by the releasing club.
After all the trials have taken place, if any interest from the scouts has been registered with
the EFL, you will be notified of each clubs’ interest after the final event is held.
LFE ASSESSMENT TRIALS
Run by League Football Education in association with the EFL and The Professional
Footballers Association, the assessment trials provide an opportunity for players to be
viewed by scouts from professional and non-league clubs. Held on a regional basis across
four venues in April and May each year, the trials also attract representatives from
European clubs and further and higher education institutions from both the UK and the
To be eligible to attend the trials players should have completed or be about to complete
the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme or be coming to the end of a
first-year professional contract (i.e. in the Under 19 year).
After the trials have taken place, LFE will notify players if any interest from scouts has been
registered in them, usually within two weeks of the final trial date having taken place.
For more information on the Assessment Trials please visit