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Fieldfisher launches youth football report

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Law firm document questions whether Elite Player Performance Plan has achieved objectives

Law firm Fieldfisher – in partnership with a group of former UK-based academy footballers – has drawn up a 13-page document that outlines ways in which young footballers can be provided with better support and explores whether the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) needs to be reformed.

The report comes a year after former Fulham FC academy player Max Noble spoke to the media about the “anxiety and trauma” he experienced during his time in the club’s youth set-up.

“We are calling for clubs to revisit their aftercare policies.”

According to a report in the i newspaper, the document questions whether the EPPP has achieved its initial objective of putting players “at the centre of the process”.

The document adds: “We are calling for clubs to revisit their aftercare policies and processes and to ask: is enough being done to prepare players for the time when they exit the elite football environment?”

Fieldfisher’s sports regulation team includes partner Sarah Ellson and corporate lawyer Patrick Cannon.

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