Nick Cox and Justin Cochrane.

Academy launch innovative pro experience programme

Thursday 07 October 2021 15:00

Manchester United's Academy has launched an innovative Pro Experience Programme which will see players spend time training with EFL clubs.

A number of United’s Professional Development Phase (U17-U23) players will have the opportunity to experience a senior football environment over the coming season.

Players will gain a true taste of the Football League environment, enjoying varying periods with clubs distinct from a formal loan move, experiencing first-hand the training standards and situations that come in the build-up to important matches.

The first two players are already benefitting from the programme by spending time with Sheffield Wednesday this week.

Both players will have learnt a great deal from working with Darren Moore’s squad having seen exactly what goes into a busy training schedule in senior football.

By learning directly from experienced pros, observing preparations for upcoming games and travelling with the matchday squad, players have the opportunity learn just what it takes to perform each week in professional football.

The programme also provides players with an ideal platform to prove themselves ahead of potential loan moves in the future.

Upon their return to Carrington, players will present their experiences to coaches to cement the learning process.

Individual development has long since been prioritised by the Academy with the most challenging and beneficial environment being provided for each player.

The programme will provide an invaluable experience for the players and yet another important milestone on their Academy journey.

Head of Academy Nick Cox said: “This programme represents an excellent development opportunity for our players. In the Academy, we are always looking to be innovative in order to provide the best experiences for all of our boys. The opportunity enables players to learn new behaviours and witness first-hand the standards of a first-team environment.

“We know that they will return to Carrington with a renewed sense of purpose that will benefit the individual and the wider training group. Justin Cochrane has been pivotal in establishing this initiative, it is thanks to a number of fantastic relationships that we have been able to establish a really exciting experience for the Professional Development Phase group.

“We want to thank Sheffield Wednesday for their ongoing support and look forward to seeing the numerous benefits that this programme will bring for our players both on and off the pitch.”