Cyprus Mail

Arsenal and The Grammar School pair up for football programme

A sports programme organised by Arsenal Soccer School Cyprus and The Grammar School will operate as of September, the two have announced.

“I want to express my satisfaction over the creation of the sports programme at the Grammar School and Grammar Junior School. We started off great cooperating with an internationally renown club such as Arsenal,” the school’s director general Akis Gregoriou said.

Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday to mark the big step, he told reporters “our aim is to have children combining high level academic and sport education.”

The school’s football programme, the first on the calendar, is aimed at youngsters up to 14 years old and will combine high caliber training sessions with studies in one of the island’s finest schools.

Students will train four times a week and attend seminars and lectures, undergo ergometric tests and see sports psychologists.

The executive director of the Arsenal School Greece and Cyprus, Giorgos Tolias said “The Grammar School is a school with traditions and a modern programme and Arsenal a club with tradition and modern programme, making the marriage between the two easy!”

This is Arsenal’s first cooperation with an educational institution outside of England, he added, making the cooperation even more important.

“There’s a vision in Cyprus and I’m very happy for this cooperation. There’s nothing similar in Cyprus.”

Based on four pillars, it aims to find talents, improve, evaluate and support a football and academic career through scholarships.

“No other school has this programme and no other academy has such a school by its side,” Tolias said.

Head of sports Antonis Demetriou said “students who select the programme will follow it until they graduate. It is aimed at children with a talent in football.”

This will not in any way replace afternoon training sessions but it aims to individually improve players through the motto Play the Arsenal Way, he added.

“Through Arsenal’s network we offer a future academic path with scholarships to Europe and America,” Demetriou said, stipulating that to remain in the programme, high standards of academic and athletic performances were necessary.

Head of Arsenal Cyprus, Charalambos Syprou said youngsters would be working on a programme coming directly from London and would be headed by coach Ara Bedrossian who is also the Technical Director of Arsenal Soccer School Cyprus.

“Beyond the training, the cooperation will expand to other sectors such as having coaches from London evaluating the youths, visits to the Emirates and participation in international school tournaments,” Spyrou said, thanking The Grammar School for the cooperation.

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