New Delhi: Manchester City FC football coaching clinics, a grassroots program for young children that aims at improving their technical football skills, will take place in the Capital from December 1 to 8.
The clinics will also include coaching on positioning, dribbling, passing and shooting the ball and will be conducted in a fun atmosphere with emphasis on teamwork and interacting with the coaches to benefit from their vast knowledge.
This is the first joint initiative taken by Etihad Airways and equity alliance partner, Jet Airways, since the transaction for the purchase of 24 per cent of Jet Airways by Etihad Airways was concluded on November 20.
This is Etihad Airways' first coaching initiative to be held in India aiming to promote sport among the Indian youth.
Etihad Airways is the main partner and shirt sponsor of 2012 English Premier League champions Manchester City FC and has hosted several football clinics in Abu Dhabi as well as in China, Seychelles and Nigeria.
A coaching team headed by Manchester City's community ambassador Alex Williams MBE, an ex-professional goalkeeper with the club, will visit Mumbai and Delhi to lead 11 training sessions for up to 1,000 children.
The week-long activities will kick off in Mumbai with mall promotions at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel followed by a four-day coaching program in Mumbai.
The team will then travel to Delhi where they will deliver a similar grassroots coaching program and conclude with a major promotion at the DLF Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer said: "Etihad Airways has a proud tradition of hosting grass roots sporting events globally and we are very excited to be bringing our Manchester City FC football clinics to India to celebrate the completion of our partnership with our equity partner Jet Airways."
Gaurang Shetty, senior VP, commercial, Jet Airways said: "We recognise our responsibility to society and stand committed to creating more such opportunities for the development of Indian youth by way of the programs we conduct."