ArsenalArsenal has been developing and nurturing young talent with considerable success since the Club first implemented a youth set up in 1954.
The Arsenal Youth Team was officially given Academy status in 1998/9 and since then close to 50 players have graduated to play for the Gunners’ first team, with many more going on to have careers elsewhere.
The Academy Director is legendary midfielder Liam Brady, who is ably assisted by David Court, also a former Gunners star. Both are responsible for the development of all the boys registered with the Academy between the ages of nine and twenty-one. Joining them for the 2012/13 season is the new Reserves and Head Development Coach Terry Burton, who was himself a part of the triumphant Arsenal FA Youth Cup team of 1971.
The Club’s young professionals and scholars share the London Colney Training Centre with Arsene Wenger’s first team squad, while the junior levels of the Academy set-up - from Under-16s down to Under-9s - are based at Hale End Training Centre, another state-of-the-art facility, under the guidance of Roy Massey.
Arsenal’s Academy has recently brought through the likes of Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny, Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs, with England and Chelsea stalwart Ashley Cole another example of a player to have prospered in the Club’s junior ranks.
With an FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League double in 2009 coupled with another league title in 2010, and a host of promising youngsters currently working their way into the Club’s Reserve ranks, the youth system looks set to continue to produce players to grace the Emirates Stadium turf for many years to come.
|Full name:||Arsenal Football Club|
|NextGen Manager:||Terry Burton|
|Former Youth Players:||Tony Adams, Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas, Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou, Wojciech Szczesny, Jack Wilshere|
|Youth Team Honours:||FA Youth Cup Winners 2009, 2001, 2000, 1994, 1988, 1971, 1966, FA Premier Youth League Champions 1998, FA U19 National Academy Play-off Final Winners 2002|
|Website: ||Official Arsenal Football Club website|