Burnley’s academy has been on an upward trajectory since Jon Pepper took charge in September 2016.
It was a challenge that the 47 year-old Pepper wanted to take on. He had previously been academy manager at Bradford City and an academy coach at Nottingham Forest.
With Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League, came an emphasis on developing the academy and from his previous role.
Under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) initiative introduced in 2012, clubs in England are given a ranking of 1 to 4 based on productivity rates, training facilities, quality of coaching, education and their welfare provisions
Pepper inherited a Category Three club, but by the summer of 2017 Burnley were a Category Two club.