Four young players from the Talented Player Programme (TPP) at City Football Schools (CFS) in the UAE enjoyed a matchday experience of a lifetime at the Manchester City vs Arsenal fixture on 26th April, courtesy of e& and Manchester City FC.
Invited to be player escorts by Manchester City player Rodri, the four players – Mohammad, Kais, Mohammad and Itqan – travelled to Manchester ahead of the fixture and enjoyed a training session at the academy and a tour of the Etihad Stadium before walking out with the players and enjoying the top of the table clash.
Speaking about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mohammad commented: “To be at the Etihad Stadium was one of the best experiences of my life and to do so with my friends from the City Football School programmes was an opportunity that I am grateful for and one that I will never forget. Being able to train at the City Football Academy alongside so many other talented players has also really inspired me to train even harder once back in Abu Dhabi”.
e&, global investment and technology group, has been Manchester City FC’s Official Telecommunications Partner since 2009. It partnered with City Football Schools (CFS) last year to support the Talented Player Programme (TPP). The programme aims to provide a platform for young footballers aged 11-16 across Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Launched in 2019, the programme helps fulfil the potential of footballers and provides guidance from expert coaches from City Football Schools. The TPP is part of the CFS programme, with coaching in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In three years, the programme has successfully transitioned more than 50 players into elite football environments.