Heart of Midlothian FC are announcing the launch of their young footballers academy today following a Lottery Fund award of £1m as part of Sportscotland’s commitment to help create a network of football academies throughout Scotland. The academy will be based at the Heriot-Watt University sports village.

The academies have been created in order develop young footballing talent throughout Scotland, with the emphasis on identifying, coaching and developing young players, particularly those who have the potential to progress into the first teams of Scotland’s professional football clubs.

The Hearts campus will be the first for the Edinburgh area and will include comprehensive training and support facilities, an indoor football training area, full sized natural and synthetic grass pitches, specialist goalkeeper training facilities, strength and conditioning facilities, sports medicine areas, fitness suite gym and social areas.

In addition to meeting the technical football training requirements of the players, the academy will also cater for the wider development of the young athletes by providing services such as sports medicine, including physiotherapy, sports science and support and advice on education and career development.”

Chris Robinson, Chief Executive of Heart of Midlothian, said: “The award of £1m by the sportscotland Lottery Fund for this project is a significant milestone. This is an important part of the funding package for our training academy and Hearts would like to fully recognise the role sportscotland have in its development.

“This facility will greatly assist in the professional development of the young football talent at Hearts. As a club we have a great track record of both producing youngsters for Hearts and international teams at all levels and Sportscotland have today contributed to the future prosperity not only of Hearts but Scottish football.”

Roger Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League (SPL), said: “Seeing Edinburgh coming on board is excellent news for Scottish football of all levels. The SPL are fully behind sportscotland’s Football Academies Programme and we are delighted to see it continue progressing and wish Hearts FC the very best of luck.”
The Hearts Football Academy was jointly funded by Hearts and Heriot Watt University following a significant investment in the club by SMG in 1999, with planning commencing at that point in time. However, building of the facilities didn’t get underway until 2002, with a further investment of lottery funding under the auspices of Sportscotland. A statement from Sportscotland dated 22nd March 2002 reads as follows:


Academy Entrance

Inside the Academy

Academy Pitches

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