Beckham Academy take over

PUBLISHED: 11:51 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 25 August 2010

A FOOTBALL charity has taken over the David Beckham Academy venue.

A FOOTBALL charity has taken over the David Beckham Academy venue.

Football Nights Foundation has taken the helm at south-east's premier indoor football facility at north Greenwich, re-naming it the London Soccerdome.

The company signed an agreement with landlords AEG Europe to provide a mixture of celebrity based corporate and private football events, as well as a new football academy after the Beckham Academy closed last month.

The venue is already working in partnership with Kids Go Live, a charity set up by former England defender Sol Campbell to inspire inner London school children to play the sport.

Foundation trustee and chief executive, Richard Berenson, said: "An indoor football venue like this is unparalleled in the region in terms of scale and what is on offer.

"One major difference from the Beckham academy set up is that out top-level coaches will be brought in when needed rather than on a permanent basis.

He added: "We have already started to take bookings and the events are building up. I believe this venue can work and become a successful base for children to get the best coaching and for companies to make this their venue of choice.

"With the World Cup just around the corner its popularity can only increase."

Facilities include two full-size pitches, teaching rooms, physio facilities, rooms for officials and a canteen.

To celebrate the launching of the London Soccerdome they will be inviting top footballing names to a special event early this year.

AEG's lease expires at the end of June but Mr Berenson is confident of extending it. The building will be used as a training facility by gymnasts for the 2012 Olympics.

David Beckham founded the academy in November 2005.

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