x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 16 August 2017

Former Manchester United great Teddy Sheringham to lead coaching clinic in Dubai

Dubai’s aspiring footballers will have the opportunity next week to be coached by former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham.

Manchester United's Teddy Sheringham celebrates after scoring during the 1999 Uefa Champions Cup final at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona. AP Photo file
Manchester United's Teddy Sheringham celebrates after scoring during the 1999 Uefa Champions Cup final at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona. AP Photo file

DUBAI // Dubai’s aspiring footballers will have the opportunity next week to be coached by former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham.

Sheringham, part of United’s treble-winning team in 1999, will lead two coaching clinics in the emirate in association with the It’s Just Football (IJF) academy, with the first held next Monday, May 1 at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. The second takes place the following evening at Dubai College. Open to players aged between nine and 18, each clinic is free to attend.

Sheringham, 51, was most recently manager of Stevenage, the English League Two club, but during his playing career represented with distinction Tottenham Hotspur across two spells either side of his time at Old Trafford. With United, he won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Uefa Champions League. In 2001, he was voted PFA player of the year.

“With the facilities and the level of coaching, it should be a great opportunity for kids in Dubai,” Sheringham said. “I’m really looking forward to it. The facilities we’ll be training at are first class, and it’ll be great to see how good the young footballers of Dubai are. I’ve been told the standard there is very impressive, and so it’ll be good to teach them a few new things as well.”

Considered one of the most talented English forwards of his generation, Sheringham was capped 51 times by England. He was an integral member of the side that reached the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championship.

“I want everyone to come out, whether they want to participate or just come and watch or listen,” Sheringham said. “Everyone has different criteria. There might even be coaches who want to see what different sessions we put on.

“But, ideally, I’d like to see the young strikers of Dubai, give them a few tips and to ultimately help them become better. I learnt a lot from different coaches during my career, so hopefully I’ll be able to pass some of that on.”

The two days in Dubai mark IJF’s collaboration with Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, with the academy to relocate there in September. Once the move is complete, IJF plans to feature ex-professional guest coaches on a regular basis.

“With the quality of coaches we already have, and adding the best facility in Dubai and what we feel is the best technical programme we have to offer, then the next step is to try to give our players the best advice and knowledge as possible”, said Chris Brown, managing director at IJF. “So we’ll invite ex-professionals to come out and explain what it takes to actually become a professional footballer at the highest level. It’s fantastic that Teddy’s headlining the first for us.”

To register, email info@itsjustfootball.com or contact 0559094809.

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