Arsenal have selected Turkey as the location for their seventh Elite Academy, after successful talks with Turkish Super League side Orduspor.
An agreement on an official partnership was reached at the weekend after Gunners official, George Tolias, and the club’s chief Turkish scout, Onur Beziray, met with representatives from the Black Sea outfit. It is believed that the reputation of current Orduspor coach Hector Cuper, previously of Inter Milan and Valencia, played a factor in sealing the deal.
The Arsenal Elite Academy system, established in 2001 and currently run by former midfielder Steve Morrow, has been set-up in six countries, with the largest in Europe founded in Greece last year.
Aimed at training children between 6-16 in the Arsenal football philosophy they are also used to mentor local coaches in the club’s latest training methods.
The Elite Academies exist separately from the ‘Play the Arsenal way’ Soccer Schools, established in 1985, which exist in 22 locations including Hawaii, Japan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Indonesia, Singapore and much of Europe.