The “Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo” coaching clinics took place in Tunisia this week, with special training sessions at the El Manzah Stadium.
More than 200 eight to sixteen year-old young people took part, having been specially-selected from the Ooredoo Football Academy, which has branches in Tunis, Sousse and Monastir, and from the junior clubs of some of the Ooredoo-sponsored Tunisian football teams. In addition, some young people living in underserved areas selected by the Tunisian “Sport for All” federation took part.
The sessions provided important insights into a range of topics – from proper training and preparation through to injury management – and will take the aspiring young footballers closer to their dreams of playing the sport professionally.
Led by Paris Saint-Germain coaches, the clinics are designed to educate, motivate and encourage young football players, and potentially connect them with a range of new life opportunities.
In addition, Ooredoo and Paris-Saint Germain organised a special training seminar for 16 local coaches of Tunisian football teams sponsored by Ooredoo, as part of the wider investment in supporting football in Tunisia.
The first phase of the “Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo” programme kicked-off in Doha, Qatar in May this year and was a significant success.
Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “This programme has already achieved excellent results in terms of bringing young people together through their love of football, and contributing to their growth and development. With this new phase taking place in Tunisia, we are connecting with a community of young people who are extremely passionate about the game and delighted to have the chance to work with coaches from Paris Saint-Germain.”
The next coaching clinics are set to take place in Doha in December, followed by Oman, Kuwait and Algeria in the coming months.
Ooredoo and Paris Saint-Germain signed a sponsorship agreement in September 2013, and the partnership places a strong emphasis on community support and involvement. The coaching clinic program is part of the two group’s shared approach to encouraging healthy lifestyles and supporting young people’s ambitions and aspirations.