Our Elite Player Performance Plan concentrates on ‘Developing England Players of the Future’

The EPPP is a new and exciting partnership that will revolutionise the way we plan, deliver and monitor elite football programmes for young people. It is a framework made up of 10 Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) devised by the Premier League, The FA and The Football League.

As you will have seen on the Home page of this site, Rochdale AFC has a Vision & Strategy with a Club & Academy Philosophy devised and implemented by ALL staff at the club, showing the way we want to develop young players to represent our 1st team

All clubs will apply to sit in a “Category” from 1-4 with 1 being the highest, based on things like the number of full-time staff, facilities and levels of resources on offer to players and their families at each KPI. The success of the application is based on an external audit against the criteria for each category and the levels of resources the club has at each KPI.

Rochdale AFC Academy is a Category 3 Academy.

The EPPP is made up of 3 player development areas:

  • The Foundation Phase (Under 9 – U11) – “Learning to Love the Game”
  • The Youth Development Phase (U12 – U16) “Learning to Compete”
  • The Professional Development Phase (Youth Team) “Learning to Win”

The Academy has full-time staff at each of the 3 phases to support the Head of Coaching James Prieditis, and all of the coaches in each phase. Rochdale AFC has the following Lead Coaches:

  • Foundation Phase – Dave Manning
  • Youth Development Phase – Dan Lloyd
  • Professional Development Phase – Chris Brown

All contact details can be found under the Staff Details area of this site.

From a football and player’s point of view, and for most Cat 3 Academies, the main area of the success criteria will be around the Coaching and Games Programme, and the Monitoring & Evaluation of each player within it.

Rochdale AFC Academy has invested in your son’s future development by resourcing our new online Performance Management tool. You can access this by clicking on the “Performance Clock” icon on the Home page of this site, where you can log in to view, then discuss with your son’s coaches and phase lead, all data is kept on your son.

Rochdale AFC and the EPPP, working together to develop young footballers.