Why is there such a delay to get National Academies up and running?
National Academies will be world-class pro style training environments and therefore it will be a large undertaking to build the required infrastructure. This will include (amongst other things) recruiting staff, developing selection policies, selecting players and preparing operationally for the launch. This will take time and it is unrealistic to think that the successful applicants will be ready to open in September 2018. To then fall in line with the academic year, we expect National Academies can come online in September 2019. If however the academy is ready to go before this date then there is potential for the National Academy to start earlier in agreement with the LTA.