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Altınordu Philosophy

good citizen, good player


Altınordu football club’s main objective is to educate & develop our players to be:

‘‘Good Person, Good Citizen, Good Player’’

Altınordu is not an ordinary club. Altınordu Football Academy (ALFA) is a football and life education institution. Besides football, youth players are provided with training education & information which they will need throughout their lives.

Our president Seyit Mehmet Özkan’s own words explain our club motto in a better way:

“In order for a young person to be a “Good Player”, it is essential that the player be at peace with himself which means being a “Good Person”, and then at peace with society, which means being a “Good Citizen”. If a young person, between the ages of 20-22, demonstrate his/her talents and perform successfully in a stadium, watched by 30.000 people, his/her awareness must be advanced. When we put all these side by side, the resulting formula of “Success” passes through total quality”

Seyit Mehmet Özkan knows the potential of the youth population of Turkey as he took the road for getting children to be involved in sports as a social responsibility; having set out to popularize the sports and ensuring that they contribute to the sportive individuals.

“Your skills brought you here and your character will keep you here”

At the entrance to the academy, the above words will welcome visitors. Football is the game of people who never give up, ambitious, durable and hungry for success.

Love of Nature and Animals

Altınordu Football Academy players grow lots of vegetables in organic agricultural area which they also eat them in their meals. There are lots of animal species, including ponies, cows, goats and chickens, in the animal husbandry area. Milk and eggs are also served to players in the meals.The most important point is that academy players have all the responsibility in both areas, including cleaning which they contribute to settled life. Together with Agricultural Area and Animal Husbandry, there is an unique life and education model, not only in Türkiye but also in Europe.

Contribution to Common Life - Understanding Nature & Animals

This philosophy includes working in the:

  • “Organic Agriculture Area”
  • “Animal Husbandry Area”
  • “Kitchen”

The aim is to develop this awareness in our players who are mostly grown up in the urban areas and to teach them:

  • How vegetables are grown
  • How milk is being produced
  • How food is cooked

Why we only play with Turkish players

We don’t play with foreign football players in our Senior Team. Because we need to give the playing chance to our youth players, who are raised from our academy. Our home-grown players can overcome their rookie period only by playing in many of official matches. We are aiming to promote Turkish Super League in 2025, in the last year of the second 5-year plan. In this process, we aim to increase the ratio of home-grown playing time to %70, which is currently 40% in our Senior Team. Until now, we haven’t set a goal to promote to the top division. Because our primary goal is "Player Development". Competition comes after. At the end of the second 5-year plan, after Advanced Performance Football training process, it is our biggest dream to play with our home-grown players in Turkish Super League.

Goals of “Home Grown” players

The first goal of all our players who are in our academy is to play in Altınordu FK Senior Team. The plan for our home-grown players is to stay in our Senior Team maximum three seasons. Our home-grown players, who have successfully completed their rookie period in our Senior Team, primarily aim to continue their football career in Europe's "Big Five" leagues.

Altınordu FK Principals

  • Altınordu FK is about educating & developing the players to be ‘‘Good Person, Good Citizen, Good Player’’
  • Altınordu FK is not an ordinary football club
  • Altınordu FK is a football and life education institution
  • Altınordu FK can’t be described but only experienced
  • Altınordu FK is not virtual, it is real. It is tangible, visible and touchable
  • Altınordu FK is not artificial, it is natural, it is on side of nature. It loves, looks after and feeds human beings, animals, soil, trees, and flowers
  • Altınordu FK is movement and hyper activity
  • Altınordu FK is tempo and enthusiasm
  • Altınordu FK is firsly “Human”, then “Sports”
  • Altınordu FK is a passion