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Manchester City Expands Global Reach with New Football School in Albania

Manchester City, in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sport, has unveiled plans to open a new Manchester City Football School in Durres, Albania, slated for autumn 2024. 

This initiative marks a significant stride in Manchester City’s global expansion, emphasizing the club’s commitment to grassroots football.

The Durres school is the latest addition to Manchester City’s growing network of football schools, which now totals eight worldwide. It aims to replicate the club’s renowned coaching methodology, offering unparalleled football education to its attendees. This move is a testament to Manchester City’s dedication to nurturing young talent globally through world-class training and educational programs.

Complementing the Football School, the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sport is also set to launch an Elite Academy in autumn 2024. This Academy, benefiting from consultancy from City Football Group, Manchester City’s parent organisation, seeks to forge a pathway for local football aspirants to achieve professional excellence.

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Jorgina Busquets, Managing Director of Football Education, Recreation, and Partner Clubs at City Football Group, expressed her enthusiasm for the new venture. “The establishment of the City Football School in Albania is a proud moment for us,” she said. “It represents the continuation of our global expansion in football education. We’re excited to share our expertise and contribute to the development of young talents worldwide.”

Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, heralded this development as a monumental boost for Albania’s burgeoning sports sector. “The inception of the Manchester City Football School in Durres is not just a landmark for Albanian sports but also a catalyst for positive change in our nation,” Rama commented. “Following a year where our National Football Team topped its Euro 2024 qualifier group, this collaboration with Manchester City adds another feather to Albania’s sporting cap.”

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