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Arsenal supports pathway for South Asian talent

On Saturday, May 28, we held the Emerging Strong, Young, South Asian Gunners event at our Hale End academy.

The event was delivered in partnership with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to help boost South Asian player representation within our academy and encourage participation from young players hoping to break into football.

The event showcased the talents of pre-academy (7-8 years) and foundation phase (9-10 years) aged players from London and surrounding areas.

Parents and guardians also had the opportunity to hear from our academy staff including Lee Herron (Head of Talent I-D), Yousuf Sajjad (Head of Emerging Talent for U17 – U23), Nav Singh (Academy Sports Scientist) Steve Brown (Lead Coordinator for U8 – U16 players) and Zubair Haleem (Senior Academy Physiotherapist), to learn more about elite player pathways and future activities.

Players will also be invited back to our academy to learn more about what it takes to be an Arsenal player, as well as being given an opportunity within Arsenal Development Centres.

Arsenal Head of Talent I-D, Lee Herron, said: “We are proud to have the Arsenal Academy at the forefront of engaging with young South Asian talent within the London area. This event is only a small first step with the PFA, where we ultimately hope to give young players more opportunities while also building long-lasting links with south Asian communities.”

PFA’s Player Inclusion Executive, Riz Rehman, added: “We have created a nationwide network with all clubs and academies over the last 18 months and there is overwhelming appetite from them to tap into under-represented communities to find talent.”

“This event has been in the making since the start of the year, and I’ve been delighted with all the input from Academy, Club and Foundation staff in ensuring we put on a memorable day for all players and families in attendance. This is the first step as part of our longer-term strategy to see meaningful change.”

Arsenal Academy Head of Emerging Talent for U17 – U23, Yousuf Sajjad, went on to say: “This project is about looking to the future and spurring on change by creating opportunities. Arsenal along with the PFA have invested in a long-term model which provides support and hopefully continues to encourage the next generation of South Asian prospects in chasing their dreams of playing football at the highest level.”

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We’re heading to Germany to face 1. FC Nürnberg

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We are pleased to announce that our men’s first team will take on 1. FC Nürnberg as part of a pre-season training camp at adidas HQ in Germany.

The match against the 2. Bundesliga side will take place at the 50,000 capacity Max-Morlock-Stadion on Friday 8 July, kicking off at 4.30pm BST.  The Max-Morlock-Stadion was renovated ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and hosted six matches during the tournament.

Tickets for the fixture can be purchased from 1. FC Nürnberg from 11am on Monday, June 20, 2022

The fixture will be played on the final day of our training camp which is being held from July 4-8 at adidas’ HQ in Herzogenaurach. Known as ‘Home Ground’, the state-of-the-art adidas campus has first class training facilities and will be our home for the duration of the training camp.

The Germany camp will kick off our overseas pre-season activities and comes before we travel to the US to face Everton at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on July 16 in the Charm City match. Our US tour concludes in Orlando where we will take on Orlando City on July 20 and London rivals Chelsea on July 23 in the FC Series.

Click here for FC Series ticket information

Our pre-season schedule also sees the return of the Emirates Cup in which we host LaLiga side Sevilla at Emirates Stadium on July 30.

Click here for Emirates Cup ticket information

“We’re very pleased to have our training camp at adidas HQ confirmed to kick off our pre-season schedule,” said Mikel Arteta. “I’d like to thank adidas for hosting us. We’re excited to get to work at the world-class facilities the campus has to offer.

“The fixture against FC Nürnberg will be a good test for us as we look to make a strong start to pre-season. Together with our matches in Baltimore, Orlando and at the Emirates Cup, this adds to a great run of fixtures that will help us prepare for a big season ahead. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for us to connect our fans around the world, we’re looking forward to seeing them on the road.”

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