We are delighted to announce we have secured a training complex in the heart of North East London to widen the scouting network of young players to progress through the Crawley Town Performance Player Pathway. Developing more and better homegrown players is at the heart of our youth strategy and in order for us to recruit the most talented young players across the South East we want to be a presence across hotspot areas where we can attract the best players to our elite performance centre.
Players based in North and East London will ow nenter the hub of our operations at Wadham Lodge Sports Ground, Kitchener Road, Walthamstow E17 4LL The state of the art multi-use building will incorporate a range of media, football operations and specialist training facilities, including an extensive training complex, academy suites and various performance enhancing facilities, providing a second to none environment for our elite athletes. The site comprises FA Certified artificial pitch with both 5 a side and 7 a side training facilities.
The prosperous catchment area also allows us to scout and produce the next generation of talented players from the area. The pathway to the first team is in place for high performing young players, with recent Crawley Town Performance scholar Rafiq Khaleel graduating from the hotspot area to sign professional terms with Crawley Town Football Club.
Scholars will get the opportunity to develop as players and people with full time training and qualifications that will equip them through the club pathway.
The programme is designed to capture players who may have slipped through the net which will give even more gifted young footballers, many with experience within an academy system, a second chance.
Head of Academy Development and first team Crawley Town player Glenn Morris stated ’We are committed to providing the very best programme for ambitious young footballers alongside excellent learning opportunities. The students will benefit greatly from experienced coaches that will prepare them for the next step in their sporting or academic career’