Youth Development Conference

Youth Development Conference

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Old Trafford Cricket Ground

Talbot Road


M16 0PX

United Kingdom

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Find out about the latest trends and best practice in Academy football from industry experts.

About this event

IN September we're returning with our first in-person event for three years!

The Youth Development Conference will feature top speakers who will give insights into the latest innovations and best practice in Academies - from both England and beyond. This full-day event is being held at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday September 20th and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will also be revealing our annual Academy Productivity Rankings on the day.

The day will include:

  • Presentations from expert speakers.
  • Buffet lunch and morning/ afternoon refreshments
  • A free copy of our Academy Productivity Rankings brochure
  • Networking opportunities
  • VAT/ Eventbrite fees included

Places are limited. Our first series of speakers are below, with more to be revealed in the coming days and weeks...


Alex Inglethorpe is the Academy Manager at Liverpool. He joined the Reds in 2012 as Under-21s Head Coach following six years at Tottenham. In 2014 he was promoted to his current role and has overseen a period of great success for the Academy, with several homegrown players going on to feature in the first team under Brendan Rodgers and then Jurgen Klopp. Alex featured on Episode #17 of the TGG Podcast.

Iain Brunnschweiler is Head of Technical Development at Southampton. He was Head of Talent & Performance Coaching at UK Coaching and a Development Programme Coach with the ECB before joining Saints in November 2017. Iain is also part of the leadership group for the Southampton Learning Lab and appeared on Episode #39 of the TGG Podcast.

Charlotte Healy is the Academy Manager for Manchester United Women and Head Coach of their Under-21s. Charlotte joined United in June 2019, having been Women's U21s boss at Manchester City and U23s assistant at Liverpool. She spoke to TGG about her work HERE.

Matthias Lochmann is a Professor at the Department of Sport Science and Sport at the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg. He is a former professional player and Uefa A Licence coach and has played a pivotal role in the formulation of the DFB's new regulations for the coaching of Under-11s in Germany.

Sally Needham is Human Development and Performance Culture Lead at Sheffield United's Academy. She holds the Uefa A Licence and Advanced Youth Award and is a Thrive practitioner who has studied the latest theory on neuroscience, child development and attachment theory and applied it in football. Prior to joining the Blades Sally worked for the Football Association for 15 years as a tutor and coach developer.

Gregg Broughton is the Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. Before joining the club he was Academy Director at Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt, who have become the leading side in Scandinavia. He has also been Academy Manager and Head of Academy Recruitment at Norwich City and Academy Manager at Luton Town. Gregg appeared on Episode #32 of the TGG Podcast.

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