Dorking Wanderers have announced that former professional footballer Dele Adebola has joined them as their official Academy Ambassador.
Adebola had a distinguished career in professional football, playing over 700 games and scoring in excess of 200 goals at clubs that included Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. Now retired from the professional game, Adebola has turned his attentions to putting something back into the community via his specialist training company Strike 9 Training, who specialise in delivering corporate football tournaments that drive teamwork and create new sources of funds for enterprises’ nominated charities and foundations.
Adebola and Strike 9 Training have officially joined forces with Dorking Wanderers, and in his new role as Academy Ambassador Adebola will regularly support the Academy team by delivering specialist training sessions to the Academy students, along with one-to-one mentoring and tuition.
Adebola was in a buoyant mood after joining the Academy’s latest taster session. He said: “In a day and age when football Academies are so widespread across the UK, I would only associate both Strike 9 and myself with professionally run establishments that truly put the well-being, development and education of its students first. Dorking Wanderers Academy demonstrates this and much more, and I’m delighted to be working with a forward thinking team that has a track record of being successful both on and off the pitch”.
Dorking Wanderers Operations Director Kris Lea commented: “We’re absolutely delighted that Dele has joined us in the role of Academy Ambassador. As he has demonstrated since retiring, he cares tremendously about grass roots youth development, and as a bi-product of the Crewe Alexandra Academy he knows first-hand the role that well-structured Academies can play in developing talented young footballers whilst also ensuring that they thrive in the classroom. I’m sure that his vast playing experience will prove invaluable to both our students and the Academy team”.
The Dorking Wanderers Academy has a unique edge to it in 2017 as they are offering a pre-course extended development programme, which will give students the opportunity to benefit from course taster sessions so they can gain invaluable knowledge and insights ahead of the academic year commencing in September.
To find out more about the Academy programme, including forthcoming taster sessions, visit: www.dorkingwanderers.com/academy