Liverpool FC International Academy has launched its much-awaited full-time coaching programme in the UAE with English College and GEMS First Point School – The Villa becoming the first local schools to sign up for the scheme run by the British football giants.
The aim first and foremost is to provide young players with the opportunity to learn to play The Liverpool Way, the youth coaching project in the UAE has been developed in collaboration with PESCO, a Dubai-based sports and events management company. The programme will initially focus on schools in Dubai but will be eventually expanded to train youngsters within a network of schools in the UAE.
Coaches have arrived in Dubai from Liverpool in the United Kingdom to deliver bespoke and authentic coaching sessions to youngsters between the ages of 7 and 15, who will now have the opportunity to improve their football skills and develop their technical, tactical, physical and social aspects of the game through age-specific coaching sessions.
Commenting on the commencement of the coaching programme, Dan White, Head of Soccer Schools at Liverpool FC, said: “As the first initiative of its kind in this region of the world, we are delighted that our coaching programme has kicked off here in the UAE, a country that not only has many Liverpool fans but also one which is prioritising sports development. We aim to harness this huge interest in football across the UAE and provide youngsters with the opportunity to learn to play The Liverpool Way through a holistic, all round approach to development. Not only will the players improve their game, they will also learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, confidence, motivation and communication.”
Nisal Mohammed, Programme Director from PESCO, said: “We have received a wonderful response to the Liverpool FC coaching programme from many quarters including schools, supporters and well-wishers, and are confident that our partnership with Liverpool FC, which is known for its commitment to maintaining the highest standards and developing innovative playing methods, will yield excellent results.”
The coaching programme in the UAE is the latest addition to Liverpool FC’s well-established network of International Academies around the world. In the UAE, the project is being managed by PESCO, which has opened a representative office on behalf of Liverpool FC in Dubai in Al Barsha.
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