- Heracles have signed up six ePlayers for their young eSports academy team
- The ages of the ePlayers at the Dutch Eredivisie side range between 13 and 19
- They will be trained by Bryan Hessing and will compete at tournaments
Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo have become the first football club in the world to open a youth academy for their own in-house eSports team.
It comes as the latest development in the growing popularity of eSports throughout the world.
The Dutch side have announced that six players will be presented for the first time in the Polman Stadium in Almelo on July 21.
Eredivisie club Heracles have opened a youth academy for their in-house eSports team
They will be trained by Bryan Hessing, already an official eSports player for the club, and will represent Heracles at FIFA tournaments.
The team consists of a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old and four others between the ages of 18 and 19: Gunnar Nieuwenhuis, Rik Weits, Melih Bingol, Finn Mulder, Tim Slaghekke, and Sjors at Tije.
The eSports manager at Heracles, Arnoud Schonis, will be responsible for scouting new talent for the side.
Speaking to their official website, chief commercial director Rob Toussaint said: ‘The eJeugd will make sure we produce trained and qualified ePlayers in-house.
‘These players will represent Heracles at the highest level.’
On of the ePlayers, Weits, added, ‘I am convinced that the Heracles eJeugd will write history. The developments indicate that eSports is only increasing.’
The Dutch side have become the first football club in the world to do so