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Lezama considered a reference for worldwide youth development

by Tre Atkinson | Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Athletic Club Bilbao’s youth academy, known as Lezama, is now being viewed as a reference point by UEFA for successful youth development as stated in a press conference on Wednesday.


Football will always have one eye on the future as growth and consistency are vitally important to the continuation of the beautiful game as we known.

With that eye looking ahead, football youth development has become a globally recognized need and something that has begun to receive high recognition from clubs all across the world.

The European Club Association (ECA) has been studying several top club’s youth programs over the past year and recently visited Athletic Club Bilbao’s Lezama on Wednesday, sending two delegates. to gather information on how the facility is run.

Representatives from Ajax, Inter, CSKA Moscow, Stade Rennais and several other clubs also visited Lezama on Wednesday seeking to learn from the Basque club in order to incorporate even more successful procedures for their own youth development.

Following the conference, Lezama has been noted as a “reference point” for other youth programs across the continent with ECA stating that Athletic “is a very special club at work with youth development and that Lezama is a great place to learn, share information, and study how things should be done.”

After receiving the visitors from the ECA, Athletic Club President Josu Urrutia stated, “We are very pleased to be part of ECA, and the fact that ECA believes the Athletic Club Youth Academy is an example in this area honors us.”

There will be a General Assembly in Barcelona in March, during which the ECA will reveal their yearly findings after studying several youth programs.

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