Ipswich Town say it's committed to increasing its investment in youth development - but not at the highest category available under a scheme driven by the Premier League.
The Elite Player Performance Plan is a long term strategy to take youth development to another level. As part of the strategy clubs will have their academies graded from Category One to Four. These will be independently audited.
Ipswich is to apply for Category Two status for their Academy, despite fans calling forCategory One. Members of the Ipswich Independent Supporters Trust recently delivered a 5,000 signature to the club's Chief Executive, Simon Clegg. It fears the lower category would lead to bigger clubs or those with higher ranked academies poaching top talent produced by Ipswich.
But Clegg said they will aspire to Category One if and when they reach the Premier League, and doing so now is not feasible.
Clubs aiming for Category One status face a minimum spend of £2.35million to meet the requirements, while its £960,000 for Category Two, although Clegg said they would be investing much more.