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Over 2500 players have trained at City Football Academy since the partnership launched in 2015, equalling over 300 training sessions led by experienced City Football Schools coaches. The renewal of this deal will see continued collaboration between both organisations, with players taking part in innovative and engaging training sessions and sharing pitches occupied by Manchester City’s professional and Academy teams.
Players also gain insight into how these teams train and play on a daily basis, such as Javanon Girls FC under 15s, who met women’s manager Nick Cushing during a Q&A session and watched the women’s team train to see first-hand the football ideology that City Football Schools encompasses.
Through a specialised player pathway programme, the City Play model, participants are encouraged to become more confident in game situations and learn about City’s style of football. As part of their visit, players from Rookwood School’s under 13s got to see the Premier League trophy and Carabao Cup up close, highlighting just how rewarding this style can be.
Gavin Rhodes, Head of City Football Schools, said: “Since the start of our relationship with inspiresport we’ve seen this initiative grow and evolve. We now have more than 1000 young players from all over the world coming in to the City Football Academy each year to train with us and learn from our coaches through this programme.
“We are really pleased to now be able to continue this partnership and look forward to welcoming many more groups here for years to come”.
Steve Butchart, Chief Executive Officer of inspiresport, said: “This initiative is a principal focus for inspiresport, offering children of all abilities the opportunity for a truly once in a lifetime football experience. The facilities at the City Football Academy are fantastic, the quality of the coaching has been really well received and we’re delighted that our relationship with City Football Schools has truly delivered a best in class experience for the participants”.
For more information go to: www.cityfootball-trainingexperience.com
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The partnership will cover multiple countries across Africa and the Middle East as well as Turkey.