Manchester City have revealed that their School of Football in Abu Dhabi has become the largest in the region only a year after it was opened.
Demand for places has been so high that the academy has been forced to expand, and now caters for 550 youngsters hoping to learn what Patrick Vieira dubs “the City way” of playing.
The school advocates the same training techniques and philosophies used on the training pitches of Carrington, and first team players, including Javi Garcia, have spent time in the country putting kids though their places.
“Every time I visit the School of Football, I am amazed at the growing number of kids wanting to learn how to play the City way and how much talent they have at such a young age,” enthused Vieira, the club’s Football Development Executive.
“It’s so important to have the correct coaching at a young age, as these early principles and values can ultimately end up driving, guiding and defining you as both a player, and as a person.
“Watching the kids develop new football and interpersonal skills on and off the pitch is what the City School of Football is all about.”