At a glance
Inter Milan, Manchester United, Manchester City and StreetKings are all globally recognized football brands to have established a presence in the UAE's capital.
Inter Milan's youth academy, which takes on kids aged from 9 to 12, is currently into the second year of a two year licensing agreement with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC). The latter claims the venture has been a huge success with nearly 500 UAE youngsters developing their footballing skills as of 2011 via the academy.
The academy is for both girls and boys.
Aside improving technical skills, the academy aims to improve health and fitness of players, and sees itself playing a role in addressing the UAE's (and global) youth issue with junk food and over eating and diabetes. However, experts from the Inter Academy visit Abu Dhabi four times a year to equip coaches with the latest technical aspects and techniques of football coaching.
Unlike the Manchester United academy, the Inter Milan operation says it is different in that it involves "more than licensing the brand to a third-party". Staff and organisation are paid for the Italian champions.
Fees are AED 1,000 for each stage (three stages total), and includes the football kit.
Marco Monti, a 10 year soccer professional with spells at Serie A clubs Lazio and Atlanta and 15 years teaching at the Inter Milan academy in Italy heads up the operation.
Other football coaching schools in Abu Dhabi
Manchester United Soccer Schools in Abu Dhabi. Launched in 2010, Manchester United Soccer Schools in Abu Dhabi offers 10-week football courses for children and youngsters aged between 7 to 16. The courses provide UAE’s budding soccer players who want to hone their soccer skills with an opportunity to learn skills and techniques used by Manchester United football players. Both boys and girls of all skill levels can join the courses which are conducted by qualified coaches from Manchester United Soccer Schools at Dome at Rawdhat on the Airport Road in Abu Dhabi. The registration fee for the course is AED 1,650 including Soccer Schools Nike training kit, skills ball and individual assessments of the players.
Etihad Manchester City FC Soccer Schools. Etihad Manchester City FC Soccer Schools, the first ever international football school of the club outside the United Kingdom, aims to teach young players how to develop their soccer skills in a fun and challenging way by providing them training tips and advice. Children from the age of 7 and 14 years who are selected from a number of local and international schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain are trained by professional coaches from Manchester City FC. The training sessions are held on a weekly basis at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.
StreetKings Football Academy. StreetKings Football Academy at [email protected] in Abu Dhabi is UAE’s first street soccer academy launched by Dome at Rawdhat in collaboration with the Dutch street soccer group StreetKings. Open to all ages from 6 years and skill levels, the academy offers a six-week programme which focuses on developing players’ skills in applying street soccer tricks, ball control, beat moves, positioning and highly skilled passing during a football game. The academy also offers workshops, tournaments and clinics to teach sports enthusiasts in the country the art and skills of street soccer.
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