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Partnership agreement for Feyenoord football academy in Egypt

Partnership agreement for Feyenoord football academy in Egypt

Karim El Ahmadi, Dirk Kuyt and technical director Martin van Geel were present at De Kuip on Monday as Feyenoord signed a partnership agreement with Modern Group of Egypt for the construction of a commercial football academy in the North African country. The academy is set to open next year at two campuses, one in Cairo and one in Ismailia.

Under the agreement, Feyenoord coaches will travel to Egypt a number of times a year to train local coaches and teach them the training methods used at the Feyenoord Academy in Rotterdam. ‘For us this partnership is also a way to enlarge our network and increase awareness of our brand in Egypt,’ said Feyenoord’s international relations manager Gido Vader. ‘We feel we have found a good, energetic partner in Modern Group.’ ‘

We came to Feyenoord because this is a club with a very good youth academy that can help us develop our own youth players and coaches,’ said Mohamed Boghdady, general manager of Modern Group. ‘We have spoken with many European clubs recently, but the method that Feyenoord employs appeals to us most. We were also incredibly enthused by the discussions we had with the club and the welcome we received at De Kuip.’

The partnership agreement in Eqypt is a further addition to Feyenoord’s international programme. The club is now structurally active on four continents. Feyenoord has partnerships with two clubs in the United States (St Louis Scott Gallagher and Tennessee SC), Free State in South Africa and V-Varen Nagasaki in Japan. In the past, the club has worked intensively for a season with the Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League.

This summer Feyenoord will again work with Shell in Nigeria and football camps and clinics will be held in Lithuania, Poland, South Africa, the United States and Canada. The club was active in those countries earlier this season, as well as Vietnam, Algeria, Guinea and China. Feyenoord Under 18s also had the opportunity to take part in a tournament/training camp in Florida free of charge.