Charlton Athletic F.C. Academy

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Charlton Athletic Academy
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Full name Charlton Athletic Football Club Youth Academy
Nickname(s) The Young Addicks
Founded 1998
Ground Sparrows Lane, New Eltham
Chairman England Roland
Manager England Steve Avory

Charlton Athletic Football Club Youth Academy are the youth team of Charlton Athletic. Their Under-18 team play in the U18 Professional Development League 2 - South, however the academy takes boys from the ages of 9 upwards.

The U21 team also has strong connotations with the Charlton Reserves squad, where senior members of the team may make appearances. The academy is run by the club's Academy Director Steve Avory.


The Charlton Athletic Youth Academy was a development of Charlton's commitment to develop young players, a scheme which started in the early-mid-1990s when there was an explosion of young talent under joint managers Steve Gritt. Notable players such as Scott Minto, Kim Grant, Anthony Barness, Lee Bowyer, Richard Rufus, Linvoy Primus, Shaun Newton, Jermain Defoe, Jlloyd Samuel, Jamie Stuart, Kevin Lisbie, Paul Konchesky & Scott Parker all came through the ranks.

This was followed by the creation of the Youth Academy in 1998, aiming to find the best local, and worldwide talent to bring to Charlton at a young age. There are many players playing in the top 2 tiers of English football who began their footballing career at the Charlton Youth Academy, including Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson, Bournemouth's Harry Arter, Bristol City's Scott Wagstaff, Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey, Norwich's Michael Turner, Newcastle's Robert Elliot, West Ham's Diego Poyet & Darren Randolph and Liverpool's Joe Gomez as well as 9 current Charlton first team players Chris Solly, Harry Lennon, Morgan Fox, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Jordan Cousins, Regan Charles-Cook, Callum Harriott, Joe Pigott and Karlan Ahearne-Grant.[1]

In June 2010 Steve Gritt's contract at the club was terminated due to financial restraints. The role of Academy manager was abolished following Gritt's redundancy, and control of the youth set up has been handed over to development coach Damien Matthew & assistant academy manager Steve Avory.[2]

Since 1998 33 Players have made it through the Academy to taste first team Football with Charlton.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland GK Darren Randolph
England GK Rob Elliot
England DF Jonathan Fortune
England DF Osei Sankofa
England DF Nathan Ashton
Wales DF Grant Basey
England DF Chris Solly
England DF Yado Mambo
Finland DF Carl Jenkinson
England DF Harry Lennon
Wales DF Morgan Fox
England DF Joe Gomez
England DF Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
Jamaica MF Jamal Campbell-Ryce
England MF Jordan Cousins
England MF Lloyd Sam
Republic of Ireland MF Harry Arter
No. Position Player
England MF Diego Poyet
England MF Jonjo Shelvey
England MF Scott Wagstaff
England MF Lawrie Wilson
England MF Josh Wright
England MF Rashid Yussuff
Cyprus MF Alex Stavrinou
England MF Callum Harriott
England MF Regan Charles-Cook
England MF Oliver Muldoon
England FW Adebayo Azeez
England FW Charlie MacDonald
England FW Joe Pigott
Turkey FW Tamer Tuna
England FW Karlan Ahearne-Grant
Northern Ireland FW Mikhail Kennedy

National Team Caps[edit]

NB: Bold players are playing for Charlton Athletic F.C.

Notable Academy graduates[edit]

NB: Bold players are playing for Charlton Athletic F.C.

Valley Gold[edit]

The Valley Gold scheme was previously set up to aid Charlton's return to The Valley. When a supporter signs up to the scheme, they now have the opportunity to win up to £15,000 at half-time on home match days, as well as getting £15 off the price of their season ticket and the opportunity to have first priority to away games or high demand home matches.

Since Charlton's return to the Valley in December 1992 the scheme has since used to give financial support to the Charlton Youth Academy, to help nurture Charlton stars of the future.[3]


Professional Development League 2||National Champions||2015

Competition Achievement Year
FA Youth Cup Finalists 1987

Coaching staff[edit]

Role[4] Name
Head of Academy England Steve Avory
Senior professional development Coach (U18-U21) Jamaica Jason Euell
Professional Development Phase Lead Coach (U17-U18) Soviet Union Sergei Baltacha
U18 Coach England Simon Clark
Professional Development Phase Coach (U16-U18) Italy Antonio Falanga
Youth Development Phase Lead Coach (U12-U16) Wales Adam Lawrence
Foundation Development Phase Lead Coach (U5-U11) England Rhys Williams
Academy Head of Sports Science England Jared Roberts-Smith
Academy Sports Scientist England Ben Talbot
Academy Physiotherapist England Adam Coe
Assistant Academy Physiotherapist England Joe Ranson
Academy Goalkeeping Coach England Lee Smelt
U21 Performance Analyst England James Parker
U18 Performance Analyst England Johnny Dixon
Academy Kit Manager England Nathan Lugg
Academy Kit Manager England Ben Kirk


As of 01 Jul 2015.[5]

2015–16 Academy squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- England GK Jordan Beeney
-- England GK Callum Thomas
-- England GK Aiden Prall
-- Australia GK Ashley Maynard-Brewer
-- England DF Ezri Konsa
-- England DF Elan Assiana
-- England DF Kenneth Yao
-- England DF Romarno Simpson
-- England DF Daniel Bowry
No. Position Player
-- England DF Mustapha Bangura-Williams
-- Malaysia MF Samuel Bone
-- England MF Chris Millar
-- England MF Taylor Maloney
-- England MF Sulaiman Bah
-- England MF George Lapslie
-- England FW Ademola Lookman
-- England FW Terrique Anderson


  1. ^ Charlton Athletic Youth Academy
  2. ^ Gritt to exit Addicks
  3. ^ Charlton Athletic Valley Gold
  4. ^ "Coaching Team". Charlton Athletic FC. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Charlton Athletic Academy Playing Squad". Retrieved 20 June 2010. 

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