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Season 2011/12

International School of Football launches in Lebanon

  • 27 April 2012 09:28

The Club is delighted to announce the opening of a new International School of Football in Lebanon as part of our exciting plans to expand overseas and become the bench-mark for footballing excellence abroad.

Building on the huge success of the Abu Dhabi School of Football launched this year, the Lebanon School of Football will see a Manchester City Head Coach deliver the very latest training techniques to local coaches and children in multiple sites in Lebanon.

The ten week program that caters for girls and boys of all abilities includes a broad range of training regimes that reflects the training philosophy of the club from first team through to the Academy.  Designed to teach children how to play the City way, the sessions instil the same values and beliefs which have helped the Club challenge for this year’s Premier League.

Many of the routines and exercises aimed at improving players technical skills are based on the same guiding principles used at the Club’s Carrington training ground, honed by the likes of Sergio Aguero, David SilvaJoe Hart and Vincent Kompany.

Children not only learn the physical skills and qualities necessary to develop on the pitch, but the equally important life skills needed off it, such as team work, discipline, perseverance, pride, professionalism and passion to name but a few.

Nick Smith, Manchester City International School of Football Business Development, said:

“Lebanon’s sporting culture has all necessary ingredients which are perfect for our International School of Football.  As a country, they not only have a wealth of young talented children who are extremely passionate about football, but a genuine desire to learn and apply new skills and knowledge. This is great for the country and for the game.  MCFC’s Licensee, Modern Star, have wonderful ambitions to develop local coaches and children in a fun, interactive and proven MCFC framework. The club is proud to be partnered with Modern Star and their synergistic beliefs.”

Alan Dixon, Manchester City Head Coach for the Lebanon SoF, said:

“Our philosophy to player-centred coaching is very simple.  It needs be positive, inclusive, structured and above all create a fun, safe learning environment in order to nurture young talent and help players exceed their potential.  The children have really embraced learning to play the City way and show real promise for the future.”

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