Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce the launch of a new academy in Greece, which aims to recruit young talent in Greece and the Balkans.

Arsenal has built on its existing strong relationships and good scouting network in this area to establish The Arsenal Elite Academy Greece, based in the city of Loutraki, approximately 80 km west of Athens.

Located on the current site of Sportcamp, a successful multi-use sports facility, this state of the art residential facility is aimed at young players aged between 12 and 16, who will be recruited from Greece and the surrounding countries in the Balkans.

The initiative has been orchestrated by ex-Gunners player Steve Morrow, who is now International Partnership Development Manager with Arsenal Football Club, and has spent much time working with Sportcamp in Greece in order to launch this project.

Morrow has appointed Arsenal Soccer School coach Adam Day as the Head Coach for the new academy. Day, together with qualified Greek coaches will work on a full-time basis with up to 30 young recruits at any one time at The Arsenal Elite Academy Greece.

Steve Morrow said: “We are absolutely delighted to be launching The Arsenal Elite Academy Greece in Loutraki. Greece and the Balkans have proud and passionate football histories, with many gifted children choosing football as their main sport.

“The introduction of the Arsenal Elite Academy Greece will give many young talented footballers in this area of the world the opportunity to develop their skills in a professional environment. We are all realistic to identify that it will be very hard for any young footballer to become a future Arsenal player, but we are proud to be offering young footballers from Greece and the Balkan regions a great opportunity to fulfil their potential as players.”

Ex-Greece international Lakis Papaioannou, who is the Technical Director of Arsenal Soccer Schools Greece and is leading the scouting and recruitment effort in the Balkans said: “We are so proud that Arsenal Football Club is launching an academy here in Greece. Sportcamp is an excellent facility which will provide young players with the perfect environment to develop their skills.

“We have thousands of talented young footballers in this country and across the Balkan regions, and it’s fantastic that a club with the profile and history of Arsenal has decided to give our young players an opportunity to develop their potential as footballers.”

For further information, please contact the Arsenal Communications Department by calling 00 44 (0) 207 704 4010 or email communications@arsenal.co.uk

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