Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan is pleased to announce the official opening of Manchester United Soccer School in Baku, in cooperation with the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and English Manchester United Football Club, of England following the successful implementation of Manchester United Summer Soccer School during last two years.
At the preliminary stage, 32 children will study at the Academy's talents groups. Education in the talents groups will be free of charge.
Talents and commercial groups will be formed based on two age groups:
1) U8/U9 - (born in 2006 and 2007) - 16 children
2) U10/U11 - (born in 2004 and 2005) - 16 children
Children for each category will be selected (via selection process) by trainers sent on a mission from Manchester United Club.
Training sessions will be conducted by trainers sent on a mission from Manchester United Soccer School and two local assistant-trainers. Before training sessions, children will be taught the English language (at least twice a week, before training).
Children willing to join the Soccer School have been registered between September 15- 22.
Selection of the talents groups has been conducted on September 23 at the Bayil Arena Stadium.
Rovnag Abdullayev (AFFA President): "This project - commencement of the Manchester United Soccer School activity in the city of Baku is being implemented jointly by the Azerbaijan Football Federations Association and world-renowned English football club, Manchester United, with millions of fans, with the support of Bakcell Company. It is an essential event in the country's football life. The Manchester United Soccer School, which will be functioning in Baku, will have a special role in extending the importance and scale of football in our country. At least twice a week before training sessions the, children will be taught the English language, which is also a very positive aspect. I hope the works to be done by Manchester United Soccer School in Azerbaijan will bring some good results within a short period of time, and children who will be studying here will be able to contribute to the development of football in our country. On behalf of AFFA I would like to sincerely thank Bakcell and Manchester United ".
"Bakcell, AFFA and Manchester United have successfully implemented the Manchester United Summer Soccer School during the last two years. A great success of children participated in this unique project has stimulated the opening of permanent Manchester United Soccer School in Azerbaijan. We were able to discover a great potential of Azerbaijani football, thanks to those children, and decided to bring even bigger opportunities closer to Azerbaijani football. I believe that Manchester United Soccer School will be as successful as the Summer School and I'm confident that we will share some even better results with you in the near future", said Mr. Richard Shearer, Bakcell CEO.
Joint activities of AFFA and Bakcell will continue for the sake of development of football in Azerbaijan.
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