ARK Globe Academy and Fulham Football Club launch elite player development centre

ARK Globe Academy and Fulham Football Club have launched an elite player development centre based at the academy on Harper Road, Elephant and Castle. The centre will hold training sessions for male players from primary age to young teenagers from across Southwark and aims to nurture and develop players with outstanding potential to be future Fulham Football Club First Team regulars. In addition, the partnership includes regular specialist coaching for ARK Globe Academy students and educational visits to the football club.

The centre will be based on ARK Globe Academy’s new state-of-the-art 3G pitch following the academy’s recent success in gaining a contribution of £30,000 of funding as part of Sport England’s £18m National Lottery funded Primary School Facilities Fund. The fund is helping more schools to provide outdoor multi-activity play areas across the country. The pitch will benefit both pupils at the academy during the school day and the local community.

The centre was officially unveiled by Huw Jennings, Fulham FC Academy Director and Matt Jones, Principal of ARK Globe Academy.

Official opening

Matt Jones, Principal, ARK Globe Academy said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students at ARK Globe Academy and for all young talented footballers in Southwark. Huw Jennings has helped to develop some of the country’s leading players including Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I hope that our partnership with Fulham Football Club will ensure we unearth, in Southwark, the next generation of top professional footballers.”

Huw Jennings, Academy Director, Fulham FC said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be opening this great facility at ARK Globe Academy. It provides much needed space for youngsters to benefit from. I am looking forward to a healthy relationship with the academy as I know there are a lot of talented youngsters in this area of London.”

Idris, aged 11, said:
“I dream of being a footballer and want to play for the Fulham first team. I can get there by working really hard.”

Junior, aged 9, said:
“I want to be a footballer and am going to work hard and listen to more talented football players. Having Fulham at my school is really exciting.”

coaching in progress