Manchester City have revealed plans to create a series of international coaching centres across the world following the success of their football school in Abu Dhabi.
The Premier League champions’ coaching centre in Abu Dhabi, named the MCFC School of Football, has doubled in size since it opened a year ago and now caters for 550 boys and girls aged between five and 18 and is run by five coaches on weekday evenings and Saturdays.
They are also building a new football academy at a reported cost of more than 100 million pounds ($160 million) on land adjacent to their Etihad Stadium in the northern English city.
Scheduled to open for the start of the 2014-15 season, it will allow City to train up to 400 young players alongside a squad of first team professionals assembled at great cost from around the globe.
Classrooms and accommodation blocks will be built to educate and house some of the youngsters, while a 7,000-seater stadium will help them to get used to playing in front of crowds.