The Academy celebrated one of its most successful periods to date, with accolades for every age group, most notably National Championships for the U10 and U13s.
The U10s also won the National Futsal Championship, and the U14s were crowned winners of the inaugural Premier League National Cup.
The U18s made the Youth Cup final for the first time since 2008, only to be defeated by reigning champions Chelsea in one of the best attended games ever at the Academy Stadium, with over 5,000 people.
The U15 teams won two European tournaments, the Mecup in Barcelona and Neon Cup in Greece, with players Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden named as player of the tournaments respectively.
There were a total of 26 international players in the U16-U19 age groups, including 14 England players.
In October 2014 the entire Academy moved from Platt Lane to the City Football Academy, one of the most significant changes in its history. Every age group now plays under one roof, alongside the men’s and women’s first teams. Importantly, 66% of the 169 players are from Greater Manchester.
The St. Bede’s education programme, in place since September 2011, is designed to foster the talents of elite players in a holistic way – playing, personal and academic. In total 70 players were enrolled at St Bede’s, and 27 players at the Connell Sixth Form College. For the first time, the St Bede’s programme included players both from MCFC and MCWFC.
The second cohort of players completed their GCSEs and iGCSEs in August 2015. In total, 20 players completed their secondary education at the school with an overall GCSE pass rate (A*-C) of 73%, 5% above the national average.
The U16 to U19 teams contained 26 internationals, including 14 England players
City became the first Premier League Club recognised as a Duke of Edinburgh assessment centre, and offered participation in the scheme as part of the curriculum for players in the U14 and U15 age groups. 18 players completed the programme in June 2015 and will be awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The skills and attitudes fostered through the DofE programme are likely to produce players who become more rounded and confident individuals, which, in turn, will support their performance for the Club both on and off the pitch.
As part of the Programme, players must complete a combination of learning activities and overnight camping and navigation challenges. They also volunteer in the local community through the City in the Community Programme, and provide coaching sessions to children from the local community at the City Football Academy.
20 players completed their secondary education at St. Bede’s College, the majority of the players enrolled at the school in September 2011