Arsenal’s academy at Hale End has undergone a makeover.
- Arsenal revamped Hale End academy in multi-million £ project
- Facilities now boast four full-size pitches and 4G pitch
- Under-16s marked reopening by winning Liam Brady Cup
- Club have released behind-the-scenes video
The Gunners’ academy is renowned for giving younger players an opportunity to develop and even feature for the Arsenal first team one day.
Alex Iwobi is one example of a youth player who has been brought through the ranks and now plays regularly for the senior squad.
The state-of-the-art facility in Hale End, Walthamstow, has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.
It now boasts four full-size pitches named after the original four stands at Highbury; a 4G pitch inside the David Rocastle sports hall with wrap-around designed to imitate the Emirates; as well as a gymnasium, analysts’ suite, classrooms, restaurant, changing rooms, medical space, offices and recreational space.
“We have a long history of developing young players for our first team here at Arsenal, from David Rocastle to Tony Adams, from Jack Wilshere to Alex Iwobi and we plan to continue that tradition,” said Ivan Gazidis.
“The new facility reinforces our commitment to developing young players and gives our boys a fantastic environment in which to progress and develop as footballers and individuals.”
To mark the academy’s official opening at the beginning of April, the club invited United, Bayern and Juventus to take part in the Liam Brady Cup, which Arsenal’s u16s won after beating all three teams.
Arsenal’s YouTube channel has allowed us to see behind the scenes in their latest video.