Abu Dhabi, UAE, 28 March 2012: Twelve aspiring young footballers at Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) in Abu Dhabi have taken the next step towards an appearance in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford.
They have been named by the MUSS coaches as winners of the skills challenge competition taken up by the record 356 children who took part in the latest MUSS football programme at The Dome@Rawdhat.
The youngsters were judged on their short passing, dribbling and ball control ability in a series of challenges based on the techniques perfected by Manchester United stars Nani, Antonia Valencia and Ryan Giggs.
Two children from each of five age groups and two girls from the first ever girls’ only course will now go forward to the Abu Dhabi Skills Final in the autumn where they will be joined by ten winners from an earlier programme and 12 winners from the third and final MUSS course starting on Saturday 7 April.
The top two points scorers from the 34 finalists in Abu Dhabi receive an all expenses paid trip to Manchester to represent the capital and compete against their peers from around the world at the MUSS World Skills Final in front of a packed house at Old Trafford.
All the players who took part in the latest programme received certificates and individual player evaluations from their coaches in front of parents, siblings and friends during the end-of-course presentation ceremony at the Dome@Rawdhat.
“All the skills challenges are age-handicapped so that seven year olds can compete fairly against 16 year olds,” said Andy Dixon, head coach at MUSS Abu Dhabi. “The Skills challenges have tested the abilities of all the players on this module, and we have been really impressed with the technical ability demonstrated by these young footballers.”
MUSS Module Two Winners:
7 to 8 year olds: Sam Dawson (UK); Ziad Amgad Mohamed Garween (Egypt)
9 to 10 year olds: Ahmed Alsaadawi (Sweden); Joshua den Ouden (Netherlands/Philippines)
11 to 12 year olds: Mubarak Al Hajeri (UAE); Joseph Kouadio (UK)
13 to 14 year olds: Jad Ghazali (Lebanon); Do Hyun Kim (South Korea)
15 to 16 year olds: Ben Rose (UK); Mehdi Bellami (Morocco)
Girls: Areesha Ahmed, age: 16 (Pakistan); Zaina Tripp, age: 8 (USA)
The third MUSS module, kicking off on 7 April, focuses on mastering the skills required by modern strikers. ‘Learn to Attack with Flair the United Way’ will teach youngsters how to perfect the techniques of Manchester United’s dynamic trio of strikers, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov.
Running alongside the ten-week course will also be the second programme of the girls-only coaching sessions. Under the guidance of MUSS certified coach, and long-time resident of the UAE Stela Samuela, the girls-only course will cater to ages 10 to 13 on Mondays at 4:30pm and for 14 to 16 year olds on Mondays at 6:15pm.
The cost of AED1,650 for both programmes include an exclusive Nike Manchester United training kit of shirt, shorts and socks, MUSS drawstring bag, water bottle and skills ball.
‘Learn to Attack with Flair the United Way’, and the girls-only coaching sessions are now open for registration. To learn more about MUSS in Abu Dhabi visit www.manutdsoccerschools.ae or call 02 449 8480.
Caption: The youngsters who go through to the Manchester United Soccer Schools Abu Dhabi Skills Final