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The power of informal play

Elite athletes learn more from unstructured sport than from formal academy training

By Tim Wigmore  

Every year, Premier League academies destroy tens of thousands of dreams. If a boy is recruited by a Premier League academy before the age of nine, they have fewer than a one in 200 chance of going on to play for the club’s first team. And so, for 99.5% of the academy intake, the thousands of hours training…

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