Hibs Academy awarded Elite Status

By Steve Forbes
Last updated : 16 November 2017

Hibs academy has been handed "Elite Status" under the new SFA "Project Brave" banner.

Project Brave has been set-up in an attempt at improving Scottish football as a whole, as the governing body looks to shake up the youth set-ups in the country.

There is a three-level status banding, and the Hibees have been put in the top bracket.

The Bracket and clubs within are as follows:

ELITE:

Hibs, Motherwell, Kilmarnock, Hamilton, Aberdeen, Celtic, The Rangers and Hearts.

PROGRESSIVE:

Ayr, Dundee United, Inverness, Partick Thistle, Ross County, St Mirren, St Johnstone and the Forth Valley Academy.

PERFORMANCE:

Dundee, Morton, Queen's Park and Fife Academy.

Ross County and Morton's rankings are both subject to potential appeals.

Speaking to the official site, Hibs Head of Operations George Craig said:

“This is fantastic news and something the entire staff at the football club, not just the Academy, are thrilled about.

“Throughout Hibernian’s history the club has quite rightly prided itself on producing great footballers, and the club have made a serious commitment to making sure this continues in the years to come.

“Lewis Stevenson, Paul Hanlon and Steven Whittaker are the most notable Academy graduates in our first-team, with the likes of Oli Shaw, Fraser Murray and Ryan Porteous all regular features in the matchday squads.

“From Eddie May to all of our Academy staff, everyone is pulling in the same direction at the club and this is not only a sign of the quality work they do, but a testament to their dedication to producing young footballers here at Hibernian.”

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