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Academy lends help in UAE

  • 17 November 2009 11:33
  • Posted byChris Bailey

Manchester City Football Club has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) which aims to develop football in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi last week when MCFC was in town to play a ‘friendly’ against the UAE National side on Thursday 12th of November 2009 at Zayed Sports City.

These agreements are part of the ADSC’s strategy to develop football in the emirate of Abu Dhabi by collaborating with strategic partners with international expertise.

The Agreement was signed at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi by Mohammad Ibrahim Al Mahmood, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Garry Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Manchester City Football Club.

The focus of this three-year agreement includes three visits to Abu Dhabi per year by MCFC coaches and Academy staff. During each of these two-week visits, the club will conduct technical workshops for junior team coaches of football clubs within the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

These workshops will focus on the latest training techniques for junior football teams, as well as methods to enhance the football academies of the clubs of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

In line with the agreement, MCFC will attend some of the training sessions of the junior teams of Abu Dhabi after which they will choose four coaches to travel to City’s Academy to see for themselves the techniques and methods they use for the training and coaching of younger players.

Similarly, the most talented youth players from Abu Dhabi will also visit City’s Academy twice a year, for a one week period, to take part in intensive training sessions led by high profile international football coaches.

City's International Academy Director Jim Cassell said, "We have our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Club but we are still in the early stage of formulating a plan for this part of the world which fits in with the overall plan of how the international Academy is going to pan out.

"It is a new venture and a blank sheet of paper. We want to put something constructive together that will help City develop worldwide. As a club we do not want to follow trends but create our own identity."

Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Mohammad Ibrahim Al Mahmood, General Secretary of ADSC, said “having strategic international partnerships will help us at ADSC to achieve our objectives. We aim to have well-based professional football in Abu Dhabi and such strategic partnerships will help our junior footballers to learn the basics of football at the hands of well renowned international experts and football academies.

Al Mahmood reiterated that this agreement will be of great benefit to the juvenile teams, coaches and football academies of the emirate of Abu Dhabi as they all will make use of the mutual cooperation of ADSC and MCFC according to the articles and provisions of this agreement.

Upon signing the agreement, Garry Cook from MCFC said “The development of young talent has always been integral to the club, so it is with great enthusiasm that we can now include talented Abu Dhabi players within this program. We are thrilled to be working with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in this partnership.”

ADSC has two similar agreements with Inter Milan Club of Italy and Valencia Club of Spain.

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