(MENAFN- Seven Media) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 23 November 2022: Manchester City legend and Premier League winner Joleon Lescott believes young budding footballers are benefitting greatly from City Football Schools’ programme after attending a session in Abu Dhabi.

During his visit to the UAE, the 40-year-old former defender watched a group of young aspiring players during a recent City Football Schools training session, getting a closer look at the local talent. Following the session, he had nothing but praise for the coaching methods implemented by the club.

“It has been fantastic to return to City Football Schools in Abu Dhabi to catch up with everyone and see how they are progressing,” said Lescott, who won four trophies during his stint at Manchester City.

“What I love about it is the focus is on both improving as players and having plenty of fun and just enjoying football.”

He added: “The boys and girls have such a positive attitude with players now being coached in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and it’s something everyone at the club is rightly proud of.”

With locations in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, City Football Schools provides players of all abilities with the unique opportunity to learn from expert coaches who have all worked at Manchester City’s world-renowned Etihad Campus.

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About Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club initially founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, seven League Championship titles, including five Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021), and six FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of 11 clubs comprising the City Football Group and counts New York City FC and Melbourne City FC among its sister clubs.

Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.
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About City Football Schools

Built on the philosophy and training programmes of the Manchester City Academy, City Football Schools Abu Dhabi and Dubai offer boys and girls, from 3 to 18 years old, an opportunity to improve their football skills, stay healthy, make friends and have lots of fun in a positive and friendly learning environment.
More than 1,000 children from across the UAE train at City Football Schools each week, with sessions led by fully qualified City Football School coaches. City Football Schools are based across various venues in the UAE, including Emirates Palace, Zayed Sports City and New York University Abu Dhabi and Officers Club Abu Dhabi, and at Brighton College Dubai.
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