in Club News November 15, 2017
We join the governing body in working to improve the overall standard of young Scottish footballers, which in turn, aims to enhance the domestic game and boost the national team in their efforts.
Like all clubs, Kilmarnock were graded according to a criteria-based system and an assessment of Measurable Performance Outcomes (MPOs).
The aim was to reduce the number of players in the academy system from around 2500 to around 1200 – bringing greater focus to talent development and optimising playing opportunities.
Enhanced funding for achieving Measureable Performance Outcomes (MPOs) will encourage best practice, with the objective of Project Brave to harness the success of the strategic plan and ensure a more efficient pathway to first-team football.
Kilmarnock Academy Director Paul McDonald said: "We are delighted to have achieved elite status.
"This is justification for the additional willingness to invest by the board and reinforces our passion surrounding our player pathway."We have a proud history and tradition of bringing players through the youth system all the way to the first team as recently as Iain Wilson, Greg Taylor, Adam Frizzell and Greg Kiltie, all of whom have represented Scotland at youth levels.
“As an ambitious club, we are really looking forward to the launch of Project Brave and hopefully this will assist our national game to reach the levels necessary to compete in major tournaments.”
Elite clubs will play each other three times and face progressive teams once. Progressive clubs will play each other, elite clubs once and performance sides.Performance clubs will not play against elite clubs. There will be no league tables so there’s flexibility in the games programme.
Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: "This is a significant milestone for Project Brave.
"Club Academy Scotland is a fundamental part of the process and a lot of work has gone into developing the criteria used to assess the clubs.
"From Day One this has been a collaborative activity. The clubs have been engaged at every step, with daily dialogue to help with their applications.
"We have been heartened and inspired by so many of the positive things we have seen in regards to the development of young Scottish footballers and our aim is to assist clubs and encourage them to hit the highest possible standards.
"What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018.
"For those in the top tier, we will continue to monitor their work in conjunction with our independent auditors.
"This is only one more step but we believe it’s a crucial one."