Ellison, who joined Bede’s on a football scholarship, will move to Crystal Palace accommodation for the start of the contract in September 2019 after his GCSE exams.
Ellison says, “I am so excited to be joining Crystal Palace full time from next year. This is a fantastic opportunity to push forward with my football career on a professional level, with daily training, strength and conditioning and video analysis to improve my performance. I’m also looking forward to relocating and working with the talented athletes and coaches at the club.”
Ellison has been playing football since the age of 4, and has enjoyed a successful football career to date, having played for a range of local teams including Uckfield, Tunbridge Wells Angels and Pembury. Ellison was Captain of Sussex in Years 7 and 8, and was part of the first wave of Bede’s Football Academy three years ago.
“Being at Bede’s has been fantastic,” Ellison says. “It’s a really supportive environment here, and my grades have gone up significantly since I started. Mr Caryer and the coaches have been brilliant, allowing me time out of the Bede’s 1st team to focus on my external commitments and ensuring that I’m not overloaded. I have really enjoyed my time here, and am grateful for everything.”
Mr David Caryer, Director of Football, adds, “We are very proud of Ellison – he works incredibly hard, and this is why he has had the opportunity to sign for such a prestigious club at his young age. Ellison has really flourished in his time at Bede’s, and it has been a pleasure working with him as he has developed into a very capable and dedicated young athlete. We know he will enjoy every success in the future, and look forward to seeing his football career develop in the years to come.”