AFC keen to set up football acadmy in India: Shipwright

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Kolkata, June 3 (UNI) The Arsenal Football Club is keen on setting up an academy in India to hone the skills of the young footballers.

Talking to newsmen here, Arsenal FC chief coach Paul Shipwright said, '' We are extremely interested in setting up a football academy and discussion is on regarding the location. '' He said, '' I feel a strong relation would be built up between Arsenal and India within this training camp.'' The Tata Tea in collaboration with the Arsenal FC has started training camps at CC&FC grounds under the able aegis of AFC coaches Paul Shipwright and Martin Davis from today.

During the course of the tournament, 30 Tata Tea Arsenal Soccer stars-- nine from Kolkata and three each from Shillong, New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Calicut and Chandigarh-- have been identified by former Indian renowned footballer Jamshid Nassiri.

Mr Shipwright said, the thirty soccer stars will receive training from Indian and Arsenal coaches in Kolkata and at the end of this training camp, fifteen boys displaying outstanding soccer skills would be short listed by the Arsenal coaches.

He said the selected boys would be given further training and an opportunity to attend Arsenal training camp in the UK as well as entry to the much awaited Arsenal International Soccer Festival in London by July end this year.

The training camp will provide these boys with an unparalled training experience including the customized Arsenal development programme called 'The Arsenal Way' and it is one of the best opportunities for the selected boys to learn the finer nuances of the game from the two coaches and become specialist striker, midfielder and defender like Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas and Bacary Sagna respectively, the coach stated.

Referring to a query about the champion of EURO cup which will begin on June 7, Mr Shipwright replied, '' obviously my first choice is England but Spain, Germany and France would be good contenders.

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