Schools in Dubai will be given a taste of Premier League training sessions with the announcement Liverpool Football Club are to launch its first international academy next month.
The youth coaching project will initially focus on schools in Dubai and will provide youngsters aged seven to 15 an insight into the unique coaching methods of Liverpool FC, while developing the technical, tactical, physical and social aspects of the game.
Dubai-based sports and events company PESCO will partner the club with the aim to deliver ongoing player development programmes within a network of schools in the country.
Reds legend and Liverpool FC ambassador Ian Rush said: “This project is a great opportunity for the club to positively influence the game in the UAE.
#LFC take expansion very seriously normally so will expect regal opening and player visits. Hope local coaches are brought on board.
— Barny Read (@BarnabyRead) September 15, 2015
“On all our projects we aim to develop players both on and off the pitch and this partnership is no different.
“The young players will have a fantastic experience on this programme and will be taught the fundamental skills of the game by Liverpool FC coaches.
“Our international academies enable us to bring the club closer to our young fans around the world and we’re set to do just that with this project in Dubai.”
Nisal Mohammed, the program director from PESCO, said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Liverpool FC to bring the very best coaching programmes to the young players in the UAE. We are now in the process of shortlisting schools based on the interest shown by them.
“There’s huge potential for an initiative like this in the UAE and we can’t wait to get started.”
Dimitri Payet ensured Slaven Bilic enjoyed another memorable evening at Steve McClaren’s expense as West Ham cruised to a 2-0 win over struggling Newcastle on Monday.
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Almost eight years after Bilic’s Croatia earned a 3-2 win at Wembley that ended McClaren’s hopes of leading England to Euro 2008, the two coaches faced off again at Upton Park with Premier League points the prize.
Mark Noble was able to captain the Hammers after winning an appeal following his red card at Liverpool and the midfielder made the most of his reprieve to set up Payet’s ninth minute opener.
Noble squared the ball to Payet and, from the edge of the penalty area, the former Marseille midfielder slotted a superb side-footed curler into the top corner.
Newcastle almost drew level midway through the half when Georginio Wijnaldum bundled past two defenders and fed Daryl Janmaat in the penalty area.
However, with just Darren Randolph to beat, Dutch defender Janmaat lost his bearings and shot straight at the Hammers goalkeeper.
Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, should have marked his West Ham debut with a goal before half-time, but the winger shot wide after Payet’s pass sent him clean through.
But the hosts didn’t have to wait long for the decisive second goal as Payet finished off a devastating counter three minutes after the interval.
On this weekend’s evidence a lot of players have been working on bending the ball into the net. Payet the latest. Great goal.
— Mark Chapman (@markchapman) September 14, 2015
Making it all the more galling for Newcastle, it was from their own attack that West Ham struck as a long ball was punted clear and Moses surged away from the under-manned Magpies defence before firing his shot against the crossbar.
The rebound fell kindly for Payet, leaving him with the relatively simple task of burying the rebound and giving McClaren another night to forget.
Contrasting emotions for the two managers at the King Power Stadium on Sunday after Leicester City came back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa and go second in the English Premier League.