November 28, 2013
MUMBAI: Etihad Airways and equity alliance partner, Jet Airways, will be bringing Manchester City FC football coaching clinics to India from 1 to 8 December.
The football clinics, a grassroots program for young children, aim to improve technical football skills and will include coaching on positioning, dribbling, passing and shooting the ball. They are conducted in a fun atmosphere with much emphasis placed on teamwork and interacting with the coaches to benefit from their vast knowledge.
This is the first joint initiative to be undertaken since the transaction for the purchase of 24 per cent of Jet Airways by Etihad Airways was concluded on November 20, 2013.
Etihad Airways is the main partner and shirt sponsor of Manchester City FC and has hosted several football clinics in Abu Dhabi as well as in China, Seychelles and Nigeria. This is Etihad Airways’ first coaching initiative to be held in India aiming to promote sport among the Indian youth.
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 airlines have also teamed up with Magic Bus, a non-governmental organization that uses sports-based activities to create positive social change and improve the lives of youth in marginalised areas of India.
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.
“We are also pleased to support Magic Bus and believe this is an excellent opportunity to promote football in the community and offer children the opportunity to receive training from some of Europe’s top coaches.”
Matthew Spacie, founder of Magic Bus said: “We are extremely grateful to Etihad Airways and Jet Airways for inviting our children to participate in the Etihad Airways Manchester City Football Clinics. Besides mentoring, we also follow a sports-based curriculum to engage the children and ensure that they make the right choices from childhood, all the way through to better livelihoods as adults. We are sure this training will be very beneficial and our children will learn a lot of skills. It will indeed be a memorable experience.”
Gaurang Shetty, Senior VP, Commercial, Jet Airways said: “Participation in sport has emerged as a major factor in the all-round development of any child. Thus, we are truly pleased to partner Etihad Airways and the Magic Bus in bringing the nuances of the beautiful game to our youth in India. We not only want our youth to learn from the very best that the legendary Manchester City Football Club has to offer, but also have fun, grow in confidence and learn teamwork and responsibility through these grassroots football clinics at Mumbai and New Delhi. 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.”
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.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 97 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 87 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s, and 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and Jet Airways. Subject to regulatory approval, Etihad Airways will launch a new airline brand in Q1 2014, Etihad Regional, after taking a 33.3 per cent stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline. The airline will also acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia from January 2014. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com
About Jet Airways Group
Jet Airways is one of India’s premier international airlines recognized for its quality and customer service excellence. The Jet Airways group currently operates a fleet of 113 state-of-the-art wide and narrow-bodied aircraft under the Jet Airways and JetKonnect brand.
Jet Airways is a full service airline with one of the youngest fleets in the world and a network that includes flights to 76 destinations spanning the length and breadth of India and destinations in Europe, North America (USA & Canada) , the Middle East and Asia.
The JetKonnect service is a dedicated product designed to meet the needs of the low fare segment. With a mixed fleet of Boeings and ATR aircraft, JetKonnect’s convenient schedules, reliable service and low fare offer bring greater value and a seamless flying experience to its customers.
Jet Airways and JetKonnect together operate over 579 flights daily.
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