Baku, Azerbaijan, June 3
Bakcell - The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan together with the Azerbaijan Football Federations Association (AFFA) are announcing the start of training sessions of the third Manchester United Summer Soccer School.
The main goal of the summer soccer school is to reveal young talents among children aged 8-12, who live in the capital and regions of Azerbaijan, and contribute to development of their football skills.
965 children have taken part in the selection process held in Ganja, Gakh, Khachmaz, Sumgayit and Baku. The selection rounds have been conducted by the coaches of AFFA's "Elite Training" project and Mick Bennett - the head coach of Manchester United Soccer School.
34 kids who successfully pass the selection rounds are participating in training sessions, held at "Bayil Arena" stadium of Baku on 1- 5 of June. The training sessions are guided by the coaches Garvey Louis and Ollieuz Christopher, delegated to Azerbaijan by the FC Manchester United.
"It is for the third time in a row that we organize the Manchester United Summer Soccer School, together with AFFA and Manchester United. This year, the number of children participating in the selection process is about 300 more than in the last year and this number grows year by year, which signifies the success of this project. Some of the children among those selected this year are participating and successfully passing the selection rounds for the second and even third time.
This means that people tend to rely on the transparency of the selection process and the effectiveness of the school. At present, more than 80% of the graduates of our school represent promising clubs, while others receive a multitude of interesting offers. One of our graduates was named the best player in the U-13 League this year, and another participant is expected to be invited to the Turkish "Fenerbahçe" club. We are very fond of and pleased with the success of Azerbaijani children in the field of football", says Maria Toycheva, Chief Marketing Officer of Bakcell.
General Secretary of AFFA Mr. Elkhan Mammadov: "The presence of "Manchester United" - a brand well-known in Europe and all over the world - in Azerbaijan, is a very positive and encouraging fact. This is the third year of successful implementation of this project. Participation in the training camp of more than 30 children who are passionate about football and standing out from their peers for their talent, and then selecting few of them for sending to the United Kingdom - to the "Manchester United" Summer Soccer School, means creating favorable conditions for those children in making steady progress towards professional football environment.
We also highly appreciate the permanent activities of "Manchester United" Soccer School, which has been launched in Baku shortly after the start of this project. We believe that we will be able to achieve positive results in terms of upbringing the talented children into professional football players thanks to this collaboration and the success of these projects"
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