Spanish giants open new football academy in Dubai

01/10/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Spanish giants open new football academy in Dubai

The UAE has become an increasingly popular destination among organisers of major global sporting events in recent years.Dubai has held huge snooker, swimming and athletics meetings in the past and the emirate is also building a strong reputation in the football world too.The legendary Diego Maradona - widely regarded as one of the finest footballers of all time - was recently named as an honorary sports ambassador in the emirate and he may not be the first big name to promote the game in the UAE.Reports have confirmed that the Realmadrid Foundation has opened a new academy with the aim of advocating a more active lifestyle among Dubai's youngsters.Members of the Baniyas Football Club unveiled the new initiative over the weekend (September 30th) and technical director of football and training at the FoundationĀ Adolfo Sanchez Munoz is excited about the project.The skills school will be run three times a week and comes to the emirate following a successful stint in Abu Dhabi."Realmadrid Foundation is delighted to work on promoting sports values as an educational instrument in the youth's development in the UAE," Mr Munoz remarked."The coaches' training sessions that are currently underway are part of our endeavours to hold the supervisory, coordination and evaluation mechanisms which ensure perfect functioning of Realmadrid Foundation Football Academy," he added.You don't have to be a diehard fan of the sport to understand the huge influence that Real Madrid have in the football world.They have won the European Cup/European Champions League a record nine times and are the reigning Spanish champions.Their presence in the UAE will no doubt encourage other clubs to set up soccer schools in places like Dubai, which will add to the emirate's massive appeal as a favourable investment hub.Representatives of the Dubai Sports Council recently told Gulf News that Dubai already has some of the finest sports facilities in the world. The organisation has made a map that features 100 world-class complexes across the city.