Does your son have ambitions of playing for Manchester City? You may want to have MC’s coaches train your little star in the making. Yes, that’s what the City Football Schools at Abu Dhabi, which starts a new term next week on the outdoor pitches at Zayed Sports City and NYU-Abu Dhabi, promises.
In fact, Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini and star goalkeeper Joe Hart were there recently to oversee the young players in Abu Dhabi being taught by coaches from the Club.
A team of ten coaches, who all worked at Manchester City, coach boys and girls from the ages of three to 16 in all areas of the game as well as how to behave both on and off the pitch.
‘After seeing the City Football Schools Abu Dhabi in action myself, I feel the Club are really taking the best coaching methods to children here,’ said Manuel Pellegrini. ‘They are traing the kids in the same way we train everyone at the Club here in Manchester.’
The school’s training sessions in Abu Dhabi are the same as those put on for all teams in Manchester – from youth level to the first team. ‘That means young players in Abu Dhabi learn to score goals like Sergio Aguero, defend like captain Vincent Kompany and master ball skills like David Silva,’ said a school spokesperson.
There are also specialist sessions, including coaching for goalkeepers.
First team keeper Joe Hart, who also plays for England, said: ‘The standard of coaching here is very, very high.’