Football Clinic wraps up in Dar es Salaam
They say all good things must come to an end. As the youngsters in the Airtel/Manchester United football clinic go through their concluding routines – you can sense the emotion of the sorrow of parting in them. The final part of the Dar es Salaam based clinic came to an end on Thursday and after the final training routine, the sixteen youngsters from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania were all given certificates and badges of honour by Tanzania Football Federation’s Administrative Director, Mtemi Ramadhani and the Manchester United soccer school coaches.
Before handing over the certificates and badges, Mtemi Ramadhani congratulated the youngsters and thanked the coaches for what he referred to as a worthy football project that will have positive impact in the sport future development. He sad Airtel need all the support to carry on such a worthy project in the future.
During the course of the training the youngsters were put through an intensive practical schedule that included areas such as attitude, behaviour, communication, discipline, enthusiasm and fair play.
Billy Miller, the Manchester United Soccer Schools Head Coach at the Clinic said; “Our soccer school’s philosophy ensures that the young players move and play like the Manchester United top players. A good example is Ryan Gigg’s movements are different from Darren Fletcher’s due to positional play which dictates that those (players) in the middle of the park will have a different repertoire actions to a winger.”
The training also emphasised on the significance of drinking-water in football – the youngsters were taught how to regularly hydrate their bodies like Manchester United players. According to the coaches, dehydration is one of the fundamental causes of poor performance by players. The players were encouraged to start matches in a much hydrated state and aim to replenish their bodies every 20 minutes. Whereas body sweat keeps the body cool, the fluids lost should be replaced quickly to avoid dehydration.
Like landing trophies, the youngsters were visibly excited when they were given their badges and certificates of recognition signed by Sir Alex Ferguson and Airtel Africa CEO, Manoj Kohli. They can proudly claim to have undergone a football clinic inspired by one of the world’s most successful football clubs.
The sixteen youngsters in the Airtel Rising Stars football clinic are part of a group of forty five starlets who were selected for the ARS tournament held in fifteen countries across Africa.
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