The last few days have been very successful for Birmingham City’s Academy. After the under-18s were narrowly beaten in the playoff semi-final on May 15, the under-23s won their playoff final on Monday and to cap it all it has been confirmed that the Academy has granted Category 1 status on Tuesday afternoon.
Birmingham City dropped a bombshell announcement on Monday evening, confirming that the club was looking to restructure the club’s Academy, replacing younger age groups with “B”and “C” teams in a model similar to that at Brentford. The club cited pressures such as Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic forcing them to revaluate the way the club recruited players.
One of the focal points of the coverage of Blues’ return to pre-season training has been Jude Bellingham. The 15-year-old attacking midfielder has featured prominently in imagery and videos posted by the club on social media as they look to showcase their homegrown talent.
In his first meeting with the press, Birmingham City CEO Ren Xuandong talked about how the owners of the club are looking at it as a long term project, outlining some of their ideas to improve the club in the future.
Birmingham City reported on their official website that the Academy’s u14 team have gone to China to play in the Beijing International Schools Cup. The website confirms that the Board of Directors of the club have arranged the trip which “signifies the intent of the of the Board and the Club owners to promote and showcase the Academy programme”.