Leicester City F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Leicester City Development Squad & Academy
Leicester City logo
Full name Leicester City Football Club Development Squad & Academy
Nickname(s) Foxes, City, Blue, LCFC
Founded 1884
Ground King Power Stadium
Belvoir Drive Training Complex
Ground Capacity King Power Stadium 32,262
Owner King Power International
Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Manager Steve Beaglehole (Under 21s)
Jon Rudkin (Academy)
League Under 21 Premier League
Website Club home page
Current season

Leicester City Under-21s are the reserve team of Leicester City F.C. The team mainly consists of Under-21 players at the club, although senior players occasionally play in the reserve side, for instance when they are recovering from injury. The Under-21s team are managed by Steve Beaglehole, who is assisted by Nicky Eaden, and they play in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Leicester City F.C. Academy are the youth team of Leicester City F.C, managed & directed by Jon Rudkin. Leicester City's academy has had category one status under the Elite Player Performance Plan since July 2013.


Although less famous than the likes of Manchester United or West Ham United's youth systems, the Leicester City Academy has been one of the more productive academies in the East Midlands. England internationals Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker, David Nish, Steve Whitworth and Emile Heskey, as well as Don Revie, who played for and managed England[1] all began their careers with the Foxes. Frank McLintock, a Scottish international, former footballer of the year and a double winning captain with Arsenal, who was described by Bob Paisley as the "player of the decade" at the end of the 1970s also came through the Foxes' ranks.[2] Leicester's all-time top appearance makers Graham Cross and Sep Smith were also among notable products of the academy.

Current first-team players such as Welsh international Andy King, Ghanaian international Jeffrey Schlupp, defender Liam Moore and goalkeeper Conrad Logan have come through the club's youth system in recent years. Young strikers Tom Hopper and Harry Panayiotou also made their debuts in 2012, Harry Panayiotou dramatically scoring the final goal in a 2–1 win against Leeds United in the last game of the 2011–12 season. Tom Hopper was given the number 21 shirt ahead of the 2012–13 season.

The academy is overseen by director Jon Rudkin, with Steve Beaglehole currently holding the position of 'Development Coach', working in the new Under-21 league set up from the summer of 2012. Trevor Peake and Chris Tucker currently look after the under 18s, whilst Kevin Fogg and Paul Cheney are in charge of the under 16s and below.[3][4] On 8 April 2013 Leicester City Under 21's won the newly formed 2012–13 Professional Development League 2 with a game to go, qualifying for the knockout stage.[5] However they exited the national play-off at the semi-final stage, after losing 3–2 to Cardiff.[6]

On 26 May 2013, Leicester City Development Squad & Academy won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens cup, beating Newcastle United F.C. Reserves and Academy 2–0 thanks to goals from Michael Cain and Harry Panayiotou. The latter also went on to win player of the tournament.[7] On 4 July, it was announced that Leicester City's academy had been awarded category one status, the highest level under the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan.[8]

By finishing 6th in the 2013–14 Professional U21 Development League, Leicester City U21's qualified for the inaugural, 2014–15 edition, of the Premier League International Cup, being drawn in Group C with Manchester City, Benfica and Schalke 04.[9] On 24 November 2014, Leicester City U21's became the first team to qualify for the quarter finals, after defeating Schalke 04 and Benfica, both 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.[10]

The Players[edit]

Nat. Player Age Position International
England Adam Smith 22 GK
England Jonny Maddison 20 GK
England James Pearson 22 DF
Sierra Leone Alie Sesay 21 DF Sierra Leone
England Joe Davis 21 DF
England Kieran Kennedy 21 DF England Under-19
France Hervé Pepe-N'goma 18 DF
Australia Callum Elder 20 DF Australia Under-20
England Louis Rowley 19 DF
England Michael Cain 20 MF
England Jak McCourt 19 MF
United States Kristian Scott 19 MF USA Under-20
England Ryan Watson 21 MF
England Jack Barmby 20 MF England Under-19
England Adam Dawson 22 MF
England Marcel Barrington 19 FW
England Jacob Blyth 22 FW
England Joe Dodoo 19 FW England Under-19
England Tom Hopper 21 FW England Under-18
Saint Kitts and Nevis Harry Panayiotou 20 FW Saint Kitts and Nevis
Lithuania Simonas Stankevicius 19 FW Lithuania
England Max Smith-Varnam 18 GK
England Max Bramley 17 GK
France Cédric Kipré 18 DF
England Elliott Moore 17 DF
England Josh Knight 17 DF
England Ben Chilwell 18 DF England Under-19
England Elliot Percival 17 DF
England Matt Miles 17 DF
Northern Ireland Conor Anderson 18 MF Northern Ireland Under-19
England Hamza Choudhury 17 MF
England Toby Fura 17 MF
England Chris Dusabe 17 MF
England Andre Olukanmi 17 MF
Lithuania Tomas Dombrauskis 18 MF Lithuania Under-19
England Daniel Rowe 18 MF
England Harvey Barnes 17 MF
Wales Aaron Hassall 17 MF Wales Under-17
Scotland Michael Kelly 17 MF Scotland Under-17
England Layton Ndukwu 16 MF England Under-17
England Brandon Fox 17 FW England Under-18
England Admiral Muskwe 16 FW England Under-17
England Keenan King 17 FW England Under-16
England Adam Harrison 15 GK
Scotland Cameron Yates 15 GK Scotland Under-15
Romania Alex Pascanu 15 DF Romania Under-15
England Elliot Webber 15 DF/FW
England Darnell Johnson 15 DF England Under-17
Republic of Ireland Callum Templeton 15 DF Republic of Ireland Under-17
England Jacob Croud 15 DF
England Zach Sault 15 DF
United States Kyle Gruno 15 DF USA Under-16
England Ethan Hodby 15 MF
Scotland Dominic Brown-Hill 15 MF Scotland Under-16
England Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall 15 MF
England Lamine Sherriff 15 MF
England Morgan Brown 15 MF
England Jake Bennett 15 FW
England Kairo Arlott-John 16 FW England Under-16
England Kairo Mitchell 16 FW


Under-21 Management & Captaincy
Role Person
Under-21 Manager England Steve Beaglehole
Under-21 Coach England Nicky Eaden
Under-21 Captain England Tom Hopper
Under-21 Vice-Captain Sierra Leone Alie Sesay
Academy Team Management
Role Person
Academy Director England Jon Rudkin
Lead Pro Development Coach Under-18s England Trevor Peake
Lead Youth Development Coach Under-16s Spain Iñigo Idiakez
Assistant Lead Youth Development Coach England Paul Cheney
Academy Goalkeeper Coach England Justin Bowley
Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach England Luke Kelly
Head Academy Physiotherapist England Keith Burland
Assistant Academy Physiotherapist England Guy Rogers
Head of Academy Sports Science England Kevin Paxton
Academy Lead Sport Scientist England Gary Capes
Academy Lead Analyst England Matt Goodwin
Academy Sport Psychologist England Karl Steptoe
Academy Recruitment England Bill Wall
Lead Foundation Coach England Richard Keeling
Head of Education England Gareth Jennings
Children’s Officer England Dale Bradshaw
Academy Administrator England Debbie Collins
Academy Operations Co-ordinator England Gina Carrelli

Notable graduates[edit]

Current Leicester City players in bold.



  • Premier Academy League
    • Winners: 2006-07
    • Group B Winners: 2009-10, 2011–12
    • Group B Runners Up: 2008-09, 2010–11
  • U21 Professional Development League 2 North Division
    • Winners: 2012-13
  • U15 Premier League Category 2 National Trophy
    • Winners: 2012-13


  1. ^ "Leicester City Academy chief proud of emerging talent". Leicester Mercury. 5 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "English football Hall of Fame – Frank McLintock". National Football Museum. 2009. 
  3. ^ "Leicester City F.C. Coaching Staff". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Leicester City F.C. Academy Staff". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  5. ^ "U21s Seal Top Spot With 3-0 Win". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Under-21s Edged Out By Cardiff". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Foxes Secure Hong Kong Sevens Crown". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Leicester awarded Category One academy status". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Premier League International Cup launched". premierleague.com. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  10. ^ "Report: Leicester City 2 Benfica 0". lcfc.com. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-12-09.