Palace chairman unveils academy plans at "essential" consultation with local residents 

5 November 2019

Photo: Crystal Palace In order to gain category 1 status, clubs are assessed on different key areas including productivity rates, training facilities, coaching, education and welfare provisions.

Steve Parish, chairman of Crystal Palace, presented the club’s new development plans for the academy to local residents. 

If planning permission is granted, the club aim to start work next year to become a category 1 academy. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen

Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has met local residents in Beckenham to share the club's plans to upgrade their existing academy site to meet category 1 status, a step up from the club’s current category 2 status. 

The club's planning application is due to be submitted to Bromley Council later this month and Parish believes the consultation was "essential".

"We want the plans we’ve made to work for everybody. It seemed to go down well, and we had some great questions," said Parish.

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