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Albion Hurricanes Joins Hearts Global Youth Partner Programme

6th March 2019

Heart of Midlothian is delighted to announce Albion Hurricanes FC (AHFC) as the latest Club to sign up for their Global Youth Partner Programme.

AHFC, located in Houston, Texas are one of the leading clubs in the US with more than 3,000 player members.

The Global Youth Partner Programme was developed to enable partner clubs to benefit from information, experience and support that will develop skills across their organisation. 

The AHFC Co-Founder and General Manager, Mark Horton, commented: 

“We are delighted to be part of this forward-thinking partnership.  We are constantly striving to improve the skills of our young players and staff, so the opportunity to work with a club like Hearts is incredibly exciting.  The depth of experience they bring is obvious but the philosophy and investment around youth and men’s and women’s football is also of particular significance for us. 

The programme provides partner clubs with an array of exclusive content, including coaching and backroom guidance which will be delivered online and face to face when coaches visit the UK.  Both clubs will work toward a player pathway and the partner club’s player pool will be closely monitored by US-based personnel.

Craig Levein, Hearts First Team Manager and Director of Football, stated:

“These partnerships directly benefit the North American clubs through the sharing of ideas and experiences and I am really pleased to have AHFC on board. For us though it is far more than a backroom collaboration, it opens up a new geography for us in terms of identifying talent that is being developed at these Clubs.” 

Ann Budge, Hearts Chairman and CEO, added:

“Youth development is a fundamental part of Hearts philosophy.  We are delighted that Albion has joined our Global Youth Partner Programme.  Their professional set up, inclusivity and player focused environment make them a great fit for our Programme.  We very much look forward to working with them.”