Italian soccer giants AS Roma have started their youth soccer academy operations in Abuja, Nigeria.
UEFA licensed coaches Lisbon’s Portuguese Andre Joao Castro (Tier 1 in Talent Identification) and Italian Giovanni Musumeci are expected to take over the procedures during testing, with the sole aim of discovering and cultivating talents in the football-crazy country.
The Italian giants partnered with the Abuja-based Garden City Panthers academy with the aim of producing a steady stream of elite players with strong ties to the Serie A club.
AS Roma operates one of the world’s leading academy development programs. Through this relationship, coaches will gain insight into best practices gained over decades of high-level development experience, and that information and expertise will be passed on directly to discovered players.
The initiative will focus the academy on providing opportunities for boys and girls with great soccer talents between the ages of 5 and 17. Registration is in progress. Trials with the Academy will begin from January 7-9, 2021 at three centers in Abuja.
The centers are the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja; New Capital School, Asokoro and Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment Brigade Guard.
The creation of the AS Roma Academy is also being planned in other cities outside Abuja, such as Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Benin and Lagos.
The academy, a year-round soccer team, offers the opportunity to learn the club’s training methodologies and techniques.
Scholarships for 60 people have been allocated for exceptional players in U-13, U-15 and U-17 tables of indigent families.
And with the advice of AS Roma technical staff and specialist local coaches, all players will be supported to reach their full potential while learning the training and education approach used by the AS Roma youth sector.