Bartosz Kapustka

Development Squad

Leicester City's Development Squad is known as one of the best Under-23s sides in the country.

The Development Squad compete in Division 1 of the revamped Premier League 2 competition, which sees 24 teams who have attained Category 1 status in the Elite Player Performance Plan compete across two divisions with promotion and relegation.

Management

Steve Beaglehole has been the manager of Leicester City's Development Squad since 2012/13 and has been assisted by former Aston Villa coach Ben Petty from 2016.

Under Beaglehole's management, City have helped players such as Liam Moore, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ben Chilwell, Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes progress towards the first team.

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Steve Beaglehole
Steve Beaglehole

Under-23s manager Steve Beaglehole during pre-season.

On the pitch, meanwhile, his teams have consistently impressed with their entertaining and competitive style of play.

Beaglehole also took charge of a Leicester City Under-19s side as they competed against the likes of Porto, FC Copenhagen and Club Brugge in the 2016/17 UEFA Youth League.

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Ben Petty
Ben Petty

Beaglehole's assistant is former Aston Villa coach Ben Petty.

At the turn of 2018, the youthful Foxes were in the middle of a title race with Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal while also impressing in all cup competitions.

Come the end of the campaign, City had finished third in Premier League 2, also reaching the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup.

Venue

 Under-23s fixtures have been played at a number of venues in recent seasons, but since the 2017/18 season, the majority of home fixtures now take place at Holmes Park, which is the home of the Leicestershire County FA.

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Holmes Park
Holmes Park

The official home venue of the Leicester City Development Squad.

A significant investment has been made by the Football Club towards improving the site, which has led to crowds of more than 1,000 attending matches there.

The Club, in close co-ordination with the County FA, undertook an extensive redevelopment of Holmes Park to make it suitable to host City's rising stars and to bring the venue in line with Premier League and UEFA regulations.

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Holmes Park
Holmes Park

Crowds of over 1,000 spectators have supported the Foxes in Whetstone.

The facilities include an improved surface, overseen by award-winning King Power Stadium groundsman John Ledwidge, alongside refurbished changing and medical rooms and the inclusion of new stands for spectators.

Recent overview

In five seasons, Leicester City's Development Squad have enjoyed plenty of success, having won the Professional Development League 2 in 2012/13 before going on to lift the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens title later that summer.

As part of the 2013/14 Under-21 Premier League, a blistering end to the season saw Beaglehole's Foxes finish sixth and secure a spot in the first-ever Premier League International Cup the follow year.

That pitted them against the likes of Benfica and Schalke during a run to the Semi-Finals, when they were beaten in extra-time by eventual winners Manchester City.

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City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens
City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens

Hamza Choudhury lifts the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens trophy in Hong Kong.

The Foxes also achieved a top-six finish in the 2014/15 season and, with the introduction of promotion and relegation, once again maintained their elite status in 2015/16, which was a feat they would repeat the following year too - thanks to a 4-1 last day victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

In May 2016, coached by Ben Petty, the Development Squad lifted their second Hong Kong Soccer Sevens title.

During the 2017/18 season, memorable victories - including a 6-1 triumph over Spurs - highlighted the progress being made.

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Hamza Choudhury
Hamza Choudhury

Hamza Choudhury was one of a number of Academy graduates to join the first team in Évian this summer.

Although the Development Squad exited the Checkatrade Trophy and Premier League International Cup, hopes of silverware remain in Premier League 2 and the Premier League Cup.

All PL2 games involving City's Under-23s are broadcast live on LCFC TV, as well as selected cup matches.

League record

2012/13 | U21 Development League 2 North | 1st
2013/14 | U21 Premier League | 6th
2014/15 | U21 Premier League | 6th
2015/16 | U21 Premier League | 10th
2016/17 | U23 Premier League 2 | 9th 
2017/18 | U23 Premier League 2 | 3rd

Cup record

Premier League International Cup:

2014/15 | Semi-Finals
2015/16 | Group Stage
2016/17 | Group Stage
2017/18 | Group Stage

Premier League Cup:

2013/14 | Round of 16
2014/15 | Round of 32
2015/16 | Round of 16
2016/17 | Group Stage
2017/18 | Semi-Finals

Hong Kong Citi Soccer Sevens:

2012 | Shield winners
2013 | Main Cup winners
2014 | Plate winners
2015 | Plate runners-up
2016 | Shield winners
2017 | Main Cup winners
2018 | Main Cup Semi-Finals

Checkatrade (EFL) Trophy:

2016/17 | Round 2
2017/18 | Round 3

Academy Overview

The Club’s Academy is committed in its endeavour to identify talented young players and to provide quality coaching, combined with a relevant education package in order to produce young men of integrity with the ability to play professional football at Premier League and Football League level.

Through our player-centred focus and the implementation of our ‘Committed to Excellence’ technical programme, we are fully committed to providing a top-quality experience to all of our players aged between eight and 23-years-old, in order to provide the best chance of eventually making the First Team at Leicester City.

With the continued support from the Board of Directors and Senior Management at the Club, we are fiercely proud of what has been achieved so far at Leicester City and we look forward to challenging ourselves to maintain and improve upon those already high standards.

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