A delegation from Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) including 16 young footballers travelled on a week-long educational tour to the renowned Manchester City’s Academy on Sunday.
They tour and the program is part of an agreement signed earlier between ADSC, Manchester City and its parent company City Football Group.
The ADSC officials and players will attend a series of training, workshops and seminars both technical and theory on various subjects. They will also visit the football museum and Al Etihad stadium, as well as the Premier League fourth round match between Manchester City and Brighton.
Talal Al Hashemi, ADSC’s Director of Technical Affairs, said: “The Memorandum of Understanding is a key pillar in our plans to upgrade Abu Dhabi's football systems.
“It includes players, coaches and executive staff put through the Manchester City system, which is one of the most advanced football schools in the world.”
Al Hashemi emphasised on the sports council’s commitment to provide the latest expertise through the Manchester City’s programs to support Abu Dhabi clubs.
“The agreement we have signed with Manchester City is an important addition to our global partners, and is an integrated plan to achieve a wide range of goals that will lead us to a more professional rank,” he added.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for the 16 young footballers from Abu Dhabi clubs to share the experience with their peers and technical staff at Manchester City academy.
The delegation consists of Houria Al Tahiri, Abdullah Al Noobi, Faisal Al Hammadi and representatives from ADSC and the 16 players from Abu Dhabi clubs (Under 15): Mohammed Al Junaibi, Ali Abdullah, Saif Al Eiba (Al Jazira), Hamdan Al Shamsi, Diab Al Kaabi, Nahyan Al Maamari and Khalifa. Salem (Al Ain), Hamid Saeed, Eid Mohammed, Hareb Saeed (Al Dhafra), Zayed Al Mahri , Zayed Al Saadi, Nahyan Omran (Baniyas), Hamad Al Hosani, Saud Saleh, Khamis Nasser (Al Wahda).