We would like to express our delight to our partners Brighton Hove Albion FC on their recent promotion to the English Premier League. After three decades outside the top division, they have rightfully earned their place back in England’s top tier with an excellent season in the English Football League Championship finishing second with 93 points, just one point shy off league champions, Newcastle United.
Having undergone a turbulent period in the 1990’s and early noughties, from a period of homelessness and on the brink of oblivion; in less than a decade Brighton Hove Albion have progressed from a mid-table League One club playing at a 7,000 seater athletics stadium, to a Premier League club eagerly anticipating visits from England’s best teams to their state-of-the-art 30,000 seater stadium, The Amex.
Their current chairman of eight years, Tony Bloom said “Go back 20 years and we were homeless, a club going nowhere. I’ve been a passionate Brighton supporter for 40 years. When I took over and committed to building the stadium and the training ground, I did it because I love this club. So, to be here with almost 30,000 fans … it’s all our dreams come true.”
Tony Bloom has invested heavily into the clubs infrastructure by building a new AMEX Training Performance Centre boasting numerous indoor and outdoor pitches, an advanced gymnasium and medical facilities. The new Performance Centre is in the running for an award by the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The RTPI awards are a respected body that have run for 40 years, recognising outstanding models of planning that contribute to society.
With Brighton Hove Albion FC propelling an estimated £2 million into local tourism and 274 people now employed at the new training complex that welcomes local disability groups to use their community pitch on a weekly basis; this duly puts Brighton Hove Albion in contention to win the award.
Touching the cities energetic multiculturalism, Brighton Hove Albion have an array of talent ranging from all over the globe. Attacking spearheads Frenchman, Anthony Knockaert and Israeli, Tomer Hemed, have been integral to Brighton’s triumph with a combined total of 29 goals in 86 appearances this season. Spanish veteran Bruno Salter has been a rock in defence making 42 appearances contributing to their impressive 20 clean sheets in 45 games. We are now excited for them to showcase their talents to millions of English Premier League viewers all over the world. Brighton Hove Albion’s recent success will certainly identify Brighton on the map as a popular footballing city alongside its rich culture of arts, entertainment and nightlife.
Brighton Hove Albion are also not short of home-grown players. Talented Englishmen, Lewis Dunk and Solly March, both developed in the academy system, have featured regularly in the first team this season. Lewis Dunk has recently been tracked by numerous Premier League clubs, but he committed to Brighton Hove Albion in 2016 signing a contact until 2021. Goalkeeper, David Stockdale, previously called up to the England national team, is regarded as one of the best English keepers in the country.
Our Nike Football Camp training programme is designed and run by Brighton and Hove Albion Soccer Schools. We're proud to partner with such an ambitious club with a real focus on youth development. To find out more about our Nike Football Camps for 8-17 year olds with optional English lessons and trips to Brighton and Hove Albion's Academy and stadium please CLICK HERE
We hope to see the next Lewis Dunk, Anthony Knockaert or Bruno Salter on our camps soon!