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MCFC Abu Dhabi Soccer Schools double in size

  • 27 March 2013 16:04
  • Posted by @dclayton_MCFC

Manchester City FC are delighted to announce its School of Football in Abu Dhabi is now the largest in the region, after only one year since the school was first launched.

With demand from both Emirati and international youngsters soaring, the MCFC School of Football has expanded to cater for 550 youngsters, each dreaming of learning to play the 'City way'.

The MCFC School of Football has now doubled in size with five highly-trained coaches working every weekday evenings and Saturdays, making it the most popular Soccer School in the Abu Dhabi.  

Based on the same training techniques and philosophies as the first team, which includes stars such as Vincent KompanySergio Aguero and David Silva, each lesson offers young boys and girls aged between five to eighteen, the chance to improve their football skills in a fun and challenging way. 

The ten-week courses based in Zayed Sports City are part of Manchester City’s drive to bring football fans and players in the UAE closer to the Club. The children also had a special visitor in the form of Spain International and City midfielder Javi Garcia, who put the kids through their paces, teaching them tips and tricks, straight from the Carrington training pitch.

Patrick Vieira, former Manchester City player, now the Club’s Football Development Executive and a frequent visitor to the School of Football, said: “Every time I visit the School of Football, I am amazed at the growing number of kids wanting to learn how to play the City way and how much talent they have at such a young age.

Patrick Vieira

“It’s so important to have the correct coaching at a young age, as these early principles and values can ultimately end up driving, guiding and defining you as both a player, and as a person.  Watching the kids develop new football and interpersonal skills on and off pitch is what the City School of Football is all about.”

Omar Berrada, Head of International for Manchester City, added: “The rapid growth of the Manchester City School of Football is a testament to our growing fanbase in the region.

"It is fantastic to see so many young boys and girls taking up the game, many for the first time, and to see how much they enjoy being connected to the Club.”

The success of the MCFC School of Football in Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the benchmark for our coaching excellence internationally, with the Club currently exploring other destinations around the world for future expansions.

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