BARNSLEY Football Club has announced that its academy has been awarded ‘Category Two’ status.

The good news comes after a resurgence in form since David Flitcroft's appointment, and it's sure to please fans of the club.

Implemented by the Premier League, the academy can use this as a springboard for further success in producing home-grown talent to eventually break into the first team at Oakwell.

Academies up and down the country are in the process of being evaluated and subsequently categorised from one to four - with each youth development programme being assessed on different areas including player progression and their development potential.

Reds Academy Manager Ronnie Branson, said: “Achieving category two status has been a long and rigorous process. It also ensures funding for the next three years which will enable us to develop and nurture more home-grown talent.“

To be classed as Category One, a significant amount of more staff and facilities are required, and it's something that's primarily aimed at Premier League clubs.

The club has reaped the rewards of the hard work in recent years, with the likes of Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Danny Rose, Paul Digby, Jordan Clark, Jacob Butterfield and John Stones progressing through the system.