VIVA, Kuwait’s fastest-growing and most developed telecom operator, announced the return of the 20 players who visited and practiced at Manchester United’s Cardington training ground in Manchester. All the players enjoyed a fully funded week-long training camp in Manchester, being trained by the team’s best coaches, and playing a game at Old Trafford.
The training program which comprised of several workshops and activities educated the players on the best maneuvers, attacks, different scenarios and conditioned games. The program also focuses on different technical areas, such as dribbling, short passing, turning and finishing.
After a rigorous full training program, the Manchester United coaches selected the top performing players from over 200 players from around the world, seven of whom were outstanding players from Kuwait: Nasser Amir, Mohamed Al Shatti, Mohamed Taleb, Humoud Al Wasmi, Khalifa Al Khalifa, Abdullah Al Bader and Saoud Al Sherieda. The VIVA Manchester United coaches honored them noting their shining performance on the field and wished them all the best of luck in their future football dreams.
Commenting on this occasion, Ayman Al Mutairi, Senior Manager Corporate Communications at VIVA said: “We are proud of the young Kuwaiti athletes who have demonstrated their abilities throughout the training program, and to have six of our players selected and honored by MUSS coaches makes us all very proud. We shared the enthusiasm and excitement the players have displayed since the beginning of the trip, and we hope that they continue on their path to sporting success. VIVA will continue to support all these young athletes in bringing them closer to their dream of becoming professional football players.”
The top 20 players were chosen from over 200 participants who joined in the Manchester United Soccer Academy try outs, which were held in April 2014. All the players will enjoy a fully funded week-long training camp in Manchester, being trained by the best Manchester United coaches. The Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) is a private facility very close to Manchester city center. The players will be accompanied by trainers, supervisors as well as VIVA officials who will all ensure that they are taken care of during their travels.
The top 20 players were chosen by a joint judging committee consisting of MUSS coaches and a Kuwaiti team led by players from the Kuwaiti National Football team. Each of the players were judged on the basis of their foot-balling capability and talent, physical fitness, discipline, their communication skills amongst each other as players and their general conduct on and off the field.