Going Out: Boost your skills at City Football Schools

Denzil Pinto 11:15 30/08/2015
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  • Learn to play like Fernandinho.

    City Football Schools returns to Abu Dhabi this season, giving children in the region the chance to train like the Manchester City first team stars.

    Open to boys and girls aged between three and 16 years of age, City Football Schools, which begins today until June 16, 2016 gives youngsters an opportunity to improve their skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun in a positive and friendly learning environment under the guidance and supervision of fully-qualified coaches.Learn from the best: City coaches.

    Held at Zayed Sports City – Sundays to Thursdays and New York University Abu Dhabi – Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, the programme is built on the philosophy of the City Football Academy with coaches teaching young players the same techniques taught at the EPL club – from the first team stars such as Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure to their youth players.

    Running for 36 weeks and split into four terms, duration varies from eight to 10 weeks with prices ranging from Dh1,600 to Dh3,705. One session per week for the full season is Dh5,890, while twice a week classes cost Dh11,780. 

    Since launching, the City Football Schools has gone from strength to strength attracting hundreds of budding footballers with first-team coach Manuel Pellegrini impressed by what he saw during a previous visit to the UAE.

    And club captain Kompany, whose side beat Watford 2-0 yesterday at the Etihad Stadium to maintain their perfect record and stay top of the Premier League, underlined the importance of how crucial youth coaching is.

    “In Manchester you can see from the City Football Academy alone just how crucial an emphasis the club places on young footballers and it is great to see that the club places a similar emphasis on youth in Abu Dhabi,” said the 29-year-old Belgian defender, who has made more than 200 appearances for City since moving in 2008.

    The former Hamburg player added: “The City Football Schools are doing an outstanding job of encouraging passionate youngsters to play football.”

    If children want to be part of this exciting programme, then registration can be made by emailing [email protected]

    What: City Football Schools
    Where: Zayed Sports City and New York University, Abu Dhabi
    When: Various dates until June 2016. First term begins today.
    Contact: For more information and term dates, visit http://skybluenewsuae.com or email [email protected]