Manchester City takes soccer school to Al Ain

Manchester City takes soccer school to Al Ain

On Monday afternoons, coaches from the City Football School in Abu Dhabi will be travelling to the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain to train boys and girls from the ages of five to 14.



Youngsters train at the Mancehster City Football School

Youngsters train at the Mancehster City Football School

Abu Dhabi: Manchester City FC are taking the hugely successful City Football School to Al Ain as part of the club’s commitment to junior football in the UAE.

On Monday afternoons, coaches from the City Football School in Abu Dhabi will be travelling to the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain to train boys and girls from the ages of five to 14. They will teach youngsters in exactly the way that first team stars in Manchester are taught — in addition to learning about healthy living and good behaviour on and off the pitch.

The new Al Ain sessions, run in conjunction with Al Qattara Investment, start on Monday, March 2, and will last for five weeks initially, with places limited.  City then plan to introduce a new course in April. The move comes following the growth in popularity of the City Football School at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, which now looks after around one thousand young players each week.

There are also sessions now being run at New York University on Saadiyat Island. Project manager and head coach, Simon Hewitt, told how the expansion to Al Ain was a natural progression for the City Football School.

“We have been to Al Ain in the past for some coaching clinics and also been to schools – the passion for football there is just brilliant,” he said. “By putting on these Monday afternoon and evening sessions we are giving more boys and girls the chance to learn the City Football School way and we will really be able to help them develop their game.

“It is very much about skill and enjoyment but we are also looking at development off the pitch and the feedback we have had from the players and parents at Zayed Sports City has been overwhelmingly positive.”


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