Fulham have officially signed an academy partnership with Basingstoke Town, the Isthmian League South Central Division club have confirmed this morning.

Basingstoke Town say that the link up will focus on player and coach development, player care and recruitment. Basingstoke’s academy will benefit from the opportunity of further playing and learning opportunities for their youngsters, including the chance to feature in tournaments organised by the Premier League club.

Town’s director of football Mike Gilham said:

“We, as a club, are acting on the realisation of a shared football philosophy with Fulham FC, and that’s why we felt forming a partnership was a logical step to take.

“Both clubs have similar thoughts regarding how they develop players and coaches and the partnership is mutually beneficial. The deal is based on the similar values instilled in both clubs and the shared commitments to a few important areas.

“I’d like to thank Marcus Herron and Mike Cave for approaching us and working so closely on the partnership.”

Fulham’s academy director Mike Cave added:

“Formalising this partnership with Basingstoke Town is great news for both clubs, whilst we sit at different ends of the Football pyramid, we recognise the existence of shared values and football philosophies at both clubs. We are very excited about the potential of this partnership by supporting the development of Basingstoke’s Academy programmes and in-turn providing potential players with an initial opportunity at a Category One football academy.”