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Michael Beale: Inside the Liverpool Academy

Michael Beale has had the privilege of coaching some of the best young talent in England from the very beginning of their developmental journey. A UEFA A license holder with 10 years experience at Chelsea FC before making the move to Liverpool FC where he now manages the U21s, Michael gives us an in depth insight into player development at the highest level. We discuss his philosophy and seek his advice for developing coaches at all levels to create the best learning environments for your players.


About an hour south-west of London is the home ground of Aldershot Town F.C, known as the Recreation Ground. The following evening, this 7500 seat stadium is due to host a clash between two titanic clubs, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC. However, this isn’t a fixture for the big-name signings and superstars of the Barclays Premier League, but an opportunity of some of the best young talent in England to shine in a match at the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League table.

Points are at stake, but the objectives of the coaches in this age group...

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