Nottingham Forest Under-21's are the reserve team of Nottingham Forest. 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-21's team is coached by Jimmy Gilligan and play in the Premier Academy League.
The Nottingham Forest F.C. Youth Academy was launched in 1997 under the supervision of Paul Hart & Nick Marshall, currently the Academy is managed and directed by an interim one, along with a host of full and part-time staff including ex-professional footballers and ex-Nottingham Forest players, Steve Sutton & Steve Chettle along with Gary Brazil. The Academy is located at a 24-acre (97,000 m2) site in Nottingham. Since its inception the academy has nurtured the talents of many players that have made it into top flight football, these include Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson, his brother Andy, James Perch, Carlos Merino, Scott Loach, Andy Reid and Marlon Harewood. Many of these players have even gone on to play at international level. Others were released by the Academy and went on to develop their careers successfully elsewhere, including Shaun Wright-Phillips and Tom Huddlestone
The Nottingham Forest youth team has been part of the Premier Academy League since 1997, playing in group D. Their best season was 2000–01 when they won the whole competition. They almost repeated this in the 2009–10 season but eventually lost 5–3 to Arsenal in the play-off final.
The Nottingham Forest academy was officially renamed The Nigel Doughty Academy in October 2012 in memory of the former owner Nigel Doughty, who died earlier in the year.