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Revamped Man City school to start 2013 sessions

Specialist skills coach brought in from youth academy to join the Abu Dhabi-based team

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Abu Dhabi: The focus will be on skills from all over the world when the Manchester City FC School of Football returns to Abu Dhabi in 2013.

During the winter break, the club held its annual summit in Manchester of the global network of youth coaches.

Simon Hewitt, Head Coach at School of Football, has now returned to the UAE with an updated curriculum and a series of new sessions that will help boys and girls learn the latest ball tricks and skills.

He has also brought with him a specialist skills coach from Manchester City’s youth academy to join the team based in Abu Dhabi.

There are now four full-time coaches working at the School of Football who have been with Manchester City for a total of 27 years and all have experience of working with the best young players at the club.

“Manchester City is coaching youngsters all over the world now and it was fascinating to hear what everyone is doing,” said Simon.

“There is a really big interest in the School of Football in Abu Dhabi and the huge response we have had since opening. 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 Manchester City FC School of Football is open to everyone aged between the ages of five and 18. It starts this Sunday, January 13, on the pitches at Zayed Sports City.

The sessions last for 10 weeks throughout the week, with organised games every Saturday for all pupils, who also all receive a full Manchester City replica kit. Book your place now by mailing or calling 050 8128051.