Prosser Sets out Targets To Make Everton Academy Development The Best

Everton Academy Director Gareth Prosser has been speaking to and has spoken of his ambition to shape a “best-in-class” youth development programme at Everton Football Club which will allow the Club’s emerging talents to flourish on and off the field.

Prosser’s appointment was confirmed this summer and he will work alongside Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, in overseeing all aspects of Everton’s Academy, implementing a strategy across age groups, progressing talent, and creating a clear pathway into the Blues’ First Team. During the interview he spoke of his “huge pride” in being given the chance to undertake the prestigious role with the Toffees.

Prosser has an extensive CV in coaching and youth development and notably held the position of Academy Manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers for six years between 2013-2019, where he first worked with Kevin Thelwell, Everton’s current Director of Football. Prosser also had key roles at Derby County and the Football Association of Wales

During the interview with Prosser said :

“The aim for us is to create better people and more players for the First Team.

We want to identify the areas where we can evolve and improve, so we can create that best-in-class programme for staff and players.

Everton has a terrific history of developing talent and to have alignment from top to bottom across the Club will be very important.

It will ensure people are on the same page and means the message to the players and the staff is a consistent one. That will hopefully make them feel more settled and able to give their best through training and coming to work.

We want to further improve the pathway of players within the Club to the First Team and, if not at Everton, then at another club or into another career outside of football. We’ve got a huge responsibility to develop the people first, as well as the players.

I want to create a culture where people enjoy coming to work, where they feel empowered to make decisions and challenged to be the best they can be every day. That goes for the players and the staff.

If we enjoy what we do, then we’ll give our best and, if we do that, we can really bring this programme forward.”

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