Cost-cutting measures may be on the horizon – but Valencia have a strong commitment to their academy
25 June 2020
They are recognised for having one of the best academies in Europe, but there are concerns the coronavirus pandemic may tempt clubs to redirect financial resources.
Valencia believe the pandemic can offer clubs’ the chance to unearth football-loving local talent – not just those motivated by money.
Valencia had already made key changes to their Academy model before the Corona-pandemic – due to changing behaviour among young children.
With football clubs at all levels suffering during the coronavirus crisis, cash flow and balance sheets have come under unprecedented pressure. Resources have to be prioritised, meaning that funds may have to be reallocated. This could come at the cost of maintaining an effective academy, even if the club has derived great benefits from the development of young talent in the past.
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