Tuesday,12 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1231, (29 January - 4 February 2015)
Tuesday,12 December, 2017
Issue 1231, (29 January - 4 February 2015)

Ahram Weekly

New soccer star

The Hazem Emam Football Academy has announced its project to discover young football talents from youth centres, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader

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Al-Ahram Weekly

The academy bearing the name of former Zamalek star Hazem Eman, Foxes, in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sport, plans to give talented footballers aged 4-16 at the government’s youth centres a genuine opportunity to become professional players.

The press conference that announced the initiative was held at the Ministry of Youth in the presence of Emam, Minister of Youth and Sport Khaled Abdel-Aziz, Chairman of the Board of the Sabbour Foundation Hussein Sabbour, Member of the Egyptian Football Association Seif Zaher, Member of the Olympic Egyptian Committee Sherif Al-Erian and, representating the sponsor companies, Founder and CEO of the Fame Academies for Sports and Marketing Ahmed Abdoun and Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Egypt Suresh Narayanan as well as star footballers Ahmed Hassan, Abdul-Zaher Al-Sakka and Hani Ramzi.

“A boom in the development of fields at the youth centers has led to the selection of 10 youth centers for the training of the youth team,” Emam said. This, he explained, is thanks to the ministry making use of new technology and using artificial turf.

Minister Abdel-Aziz said, “The ministry has further plans for developing the youth centres. Last June, we completed developing 1,146 youth centers. By the end of February 2015, we will have developed another 526, bringing the total number to 1,800. By the end of 2016, we will complete the development of  3,800 playing fields in 3,800 youth centers...”

Abdel-Aziz also said that rental of the football fields during the academy project will provide a high income to invest back in the centres besides maintaining the fields and renovating the infrastructure. The programme itself provides for football experts giving workshops.

Emam stressed that he chose ten youth centres in Cairo and Giza as the first stage for the project, to be expanded across the country. The selected centres are Embaba, Helwan, Giza, El-Omraneya, Al-Qala’a, Ain Shams, Maadi, Al-Wayeli, Maadi, Saraya Al-Kobba and Al-Maasara.

As of the start of the project Hazem will choose ten talented players every month. They  will receive health, nutrition and physical care in addition to the workshops, all of which will be funded by the sponsors.

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