They are the defending English Premier League champions for a reason and kids in Abu Dhabi will have the chance to understand exactly why when the Manchester City FC School of Football returns to the UAE capital on January 13.
Open to everyone aged between five and 18 years, the focus of the school, located at Zayed Sports City, will be on skills from all over the world.
During the winter break the club held its annual summit in Manchester of the global network of youth coaches.
Simon Hewitt, Head Coach at School of Football, has now returned to the UAE with an updated curriculum and a series of new sessions that will help boys and girls learn the latest ball tricks and skills.
He has also brought with him a specialist skills coach from Manchester City’s youth academy to join the team based in Abu Dhabi.
There are now four full-time coaches working at the School of Football who have been with Manchester City for a total of 27 years and all have experience of working with the best young players at the club.
“Manchester City is coaching youngsters all over the world now and it was fascinating to hear what everyone is doing,” said Simon.
“There is a really big interest in the School of Football in Abu Dhabi and the huge response we have had since opening.
“We believe a focus on developing new skills will bring the sessions to life even more and the children are going to love learning all sorts of new tricks.
“By adding a specialist skills coach we make the team even stronger and as always the big emphasis will be on having as much fun as possible.”
The sessions last for 10 weeks throughout the week with organised games every Saturday for all pupils who also all receive a full Manchester City replica kit.