Fulham have retained their Category One academy status, with Academy Director Huw Jennings believing it's vital for the club in order for it to compete with the best academies in the country.
The club have held Category One status since the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan in the summer of 2012, which has seen the side's U21 side play in the Premier League 2, as well as the Checktrade Trophy this year.
Developments to Motspur Park have seen Fulham build an indoor training facility, while the club purchased the former BBC ground adjacent to the site to expand their training ground - and although all these development help the Academy, Jennings doesn't believe good facilities automatically mean a good academy.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: “No-one should anticipate that having a good Academy is because you have good facilities.
“You need to have a culture and environment that enables the best young players to develop and reach their full potential.
“If you look at the quality of facilities available throughout academy football, then you clearly have to be aspiring to have the best available for your own programme.
“Almost without exception people comment on the warmth of the welcome when they come to Fulham, and that starts with the reception team and goes all the way through to every member of staff who works at the Club.
“That more than anything means a huge amount to me and my team in the Academy, that the Club is fully supportive of the Academy programme.
“There is no doubt that when you build and develop facilities, and when you demonstrate you want to move the Academy forward, that is attractive for players to join the Club and, frankly, also for players to stay at the Club.
“Those things are critical to success, and in any industry you need to be demonstrating that you are moving forward and aspiring to develop your programme to be the best you can be, and we are no different.”