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Youth Academy



Aberdeen Football Club has successful Youth Academy system which is led by former player Dons legend Neil Simpson.  Neil knows the club well having journeyed through the youth ranks and into the successful Aberdeen Football Club first team of the 1980s. He is well placed to identify the vital ingredients and seedlings of development for young talent striving for a life in professional football having personally played at a high level, and also achieved his Scottish FA Youth and Children’s License and his Youth Directors Award.



The club’s vision of the Youth Academy is to ensure it is the leading developer of young players in social, physiological, technical and tactical areas, giving due care to their education and welfare, with the ultimate aim of progressing players to the first team. This vision is based on a desire to add value to the Youth Academy and thus optimise each and every young player’s chance of achieving their goals.

A key focus of the Youth Academy team will be to develop opportunities for players and staff to deliver an elite programme and enhance their abilities with the following aims:

Identify and Recruit…

…the most talented young players and coaches by attracting them to AFC’s Elite Youth Academy programme while encouraging integration.

Train and Develop…

…players and staff to ensure the consistent delivery of the highest achievable levels of coaching and playing standards.

Inspire and Reward…

…all members of the Youth Academy family to ensure high levels of player and staff retention.

Provide a visible player pathway…

…from Youth Academy level to First Team football.

Aberdeen FC Youth Academy annually attended tournaments in England and compete in Scottish FA Club Academy Scotland fixtures on a weekly basis, against academies form other SPFL clubs.

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