x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Wanderers to set up in emirates

Bolton Wanderers will be settling down in the emirates as the English Premier League club has decided to open football academies in each emirate by September 2012.


Bolton Wanderers, the English Premier League club, have announced plans to open a football academy in each emirate by September 2012.

The first two academies, in Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi's Al Ain, will be open by March next year.

Bolton recently launched the Institute of Sport in the UAE in which aspiring footballers can learn how to become professionals players while also gaining qualifications.

Students at the institute will train using the same technique as Bolton's Premier League players.

The announcement follows a second visit to the UAE by Phil Gartside, the chairman of Bolton, along with Sir Dave Richards, the chairman of the English Premier League.

During their two trips to the Emirates, the pair held discussions with several Pro League clubs such as Al Ain, Sharjah and Al Nasr along with University of Bolton in Ras Al Khaimah, GEMS Schools and the British Council.

Adam Bass, the director of international development for the Institute of Sport in the UAE, said: "We are here to help children and youngsters of the UAE to become world-class professional footballers backed with international qualifications through enrolling in the institute.

"There is tremendous football talent in this part of the world and the newly launched institute will highly contribute in developing these capabilities."