Manchester United Launches Its First Soccer School In India

The Red Devils join hands with the local state body to promote football in the financial capital of India…
One of the most famous names in football is partnering with the Western India Football Association (WIFA) to bring the world’s best club-sanctioned coaching program to Mumbai.

Manchester United Soccer Schools is inspired by the elite Academy which has produced some of the EPL’s most famous names, such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Danny Welbeck. It will train young footballers to play the ‘Manchester United Way’, providing an opportunity for them to develop their footballing and personal skills in a positive, safe and fun environment.

The newly laid world class Astroturf at the Cooperage ground will be the home for MUSS academy which will offer kids aged between 8 to 18 years a chance to train under the supervision of MUSS’s coaches. The training program will be based on MUSS principles of coaching i.e. Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental and Social.

As well as offering a range of opportunities for young players the partnership will also give coaches the chance to attend development courses to get an insight into the way Manchester United prepares its players. This long term training programme, which will be run by full-time Manchester United Soccer Schools’ coaching staff, will go a long way towards increasing the popularity of the game and producing a huge pool of talented young players and high quality coaches.

“We are excited to be working with the current EPL champions Manchester United,” said Mr. Praful Patel, President, WIFA, “Young footballers will train under the direct supervision of coaches from Soccer Schools, with programmes developed by the world acclaimed Manchester United Academy. These intensive but fun football development programmes will significantly improve players’ skills at a young age. We believe that this partnership will nurture and inspire young talent and provide players with the opportunity to realize their own potential.”

David Gill CEO, Manchester United said,“We are delighted to be partnering with the WIFA in bringing this exciting training programme to India. Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches have tremendous knowledge, experience and passion for the game that they will be able to pass on, both to young players and coaches. This is a long term commitment and we hope we will make an important contribution to the growth of Indian football."

"The team of highly qualified MUSS coaches from the UK will focus on creating a positive learning environment so that all players, regardless of their age, experience or ability, will have the opportunity to reach their own level of potential. Learning to play the ‘United Way’ involves working as a team, having a positive attitude, and most importantly, having fun.