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Abu Dhabi youth to receive soccer tips

Abu Dhabi, March 21, 2011

Youngsters from across Abu Dhabi will receive top training tips and advice from Manchester City coaches as a major soccer training event returns to Abu Dhabi this week.

More than 600 children, aged between seven and 14 years old, have been selected from local and international schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain to participate in the Etihad Airways Manchester City Football Club Soccer Schools.

Shay Given, Manchester City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper will attend the first day of the Soccer Schools. Shay is one of Manchester City’s most popular players and is renowned for his ability to coach youngsters, a statement said.

Shay will also make a special appearance at the official Manchester City Football Club Store at Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall, on March 22.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “Etihad Airways is delighted to welcome the playing and coaching staff from Manchester City to Abu Dhabi for the 2011 Soccer Schools for the second year running.”

“Shay Given is one of the most recognisable faces in the English Premier League and certain to be a hit with the children. It is also a great opportunity for the Manchester City coaches to view Emirati footballing talent and for Etihad to support grass roots sport in the UAE,” he added.

Garry Cook, chief executive of Manchester City Football Club, said: “Following the huge success of our first Etihad Soccer School last year, we are delighted to return to Abu Dhabi and help promote grass roots football in the region.”

Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira Football Club will host the first three days of action, from Monday 21 to March 24. The schools then head to the Al Ain English Speaking School on March 24, before returning to Abu Dhabi on March 25.

New to the 2011 Soccer Schools will be a special session each morning specifically for children from the Zayed Higher Organisation, the statement said.

There will also be the first girls only session in Al Ain, it added. – TradeArabia News Service




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