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Fun, education and new skills galore: Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi School of Football set to re-open

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City are re-opening their Abu Dhabi School of Football as part of a drive to reach a global audience and coach children from all over the world.

Following the success of the school last year, the club held its annual summit of the global network of youth coaches over the Christmas period in Manchester.

And Simon Hewitt, head coach at the school, has returned to the United Arab Emirates ahead of its re-opening this Sunday with an updated curriculum.

“Manchester City is coaching youngsters all over the world now,” he said.

“There is a really big interest in the School of Football in Abu Dhabi and the huge response we have had since opening.”

The term runs from January 13 to March 30, with four full-time coaches teaching the pupils the latest ball tricks and skills – Hewitt has even brought with him a specialist skills coach from the City youth academy.

The coaching team has a total of 27 years of experience at the club and has worked with some of City’s most talented youngsters.

Simon said: “We believe a focus on developing new skills will bring the sessions to life even more and the children are going to love learning all sorts of new tricks.

“By adding a specialist skills coach, we make the team even stronger and, as always, the big emphasis will be on having as much fun as possible.”

The school is located at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City and is open for kids aged five to 18 – email [email protected] or call 0508 128051 to book your place.

Picture courtesy of CityTV via YouTube, with thanks

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