City CEO visits St Bede's school
- Tue 12 Feb 2013, 5:23PM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain have visited a Manchester school where 40 of the club’s Academy players are students.
The City scholars are full-time pupils at St Bede's College where they also train with City coaches every day.
The unique educational programme, the first of its kind at a Premier League club, allows the boys to improve their football as well as develop their education.
“We try to keep the football and education in balance, “said Des Coffey, Head of Education Provision at the Manchester City Academy.
“We work flexible programmes and try to ensure that individual needs are met. What is essential is that the boys become rounded individuals - that is most important to us.”
Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain were joined by Football Development Executive Patrick Vieira for a tour of the impressive Whalley Range school where they were introduced to both staff and pupils.
They also visited the college chapel where Roberto Mancini spent some time the day before Manchester City played QPR on the final day of last season.
“Education is essential for our young players and it is something we take very seriously as a big part of their overall development,” said Patrick Vieira.
“It was fantastic to visit St Bede’s and to get a feel for the environment they work in. We are very proud of our relationship with the school who are doing an excellent job with our young footballers.”