Two key staff have been appointed to the Academy, ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Ian Jones, pictured, takes up the role of Head of Coaching (Coach Development).
Ian Joins the club from Blackburn Rovers, where he was U18 Coach.
He has worked at all-age groups for well over a decade, having previously worked at Morecambe as Head of Coaching and also at Lancaster College as a Lecturer.
Ian also holds the UEFA A Award and AYA, and will be on the Elite Head of Coaching programme (EHOC) for the next three years operated by the PL.
The second appointment is Jack Higgins, who takes up the role of Head of Education.
Jack joins after completing his PGCE at Burnley College and will replace Pat McKiernan, who has retired.
Jack, a semi-professional footballer and ex-scholar at Rusden & Diamonds, has previous work experience of working as a PE Teacher within Primary Schools and has a First Degree in Sports Coaching.