Two Dubai-based Manchester United Soccer Schools participants, Jamie Donovan and Philippe Al Khoury, head to Manchester tomorrow to compete in the MUSS World Skills Final trophy.
The overall winner of the competition will be presented with first prize in front of 70,000 cheering fans during half time at Manchester United’s Premiership home game with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 11 November.
For the second consecutive year, Jamie Donovan has won a place at the World Skills Final, after finishing third overall in last year’s competition – an outstanding achievement for the youngster. This showing follows impressive performances by Donovan throughout the previous term of training at MUSS, the football academy run by Dubai Sports City.
"The World Skills Final is a fantastic learning experience for all of the participants. It is great to see children from all the Manchester United Soccer Schools worldwide competing against one another," said Andy Dixon, Head Coach and Project Manager at MUSS. “I have no doubt that the competition will prove to be of a very high standard,” he added.
The World Skills Final is the ultimate stage of a unique international MUSS competition. Throughout 2007, Manchester United Soccer Schools delivered coaching courses around the world, where young players aged 7 to 18 took part in a selection of Skills Challenges. The winners from every programme around the world will descend on Manchester this weekend to take part in the unique series of Manchester United Soccer Schools Skills Challenges.
According to Donovan: "Last year, it was great to make new friends from around the world and I can’t wait to go back to compete and, hopefully, do well again.” Al Khoury added: “I can’t wait to step out onto the field at Old Trafford and it is something which I am really looking forward to.”
Last year, the overall 2006 World Skills Final winner was 11 year-old Harry Beckley, from Salisbury, England, who won a behind-the-scenes trip to F.C. Barcelona in Spain. MUSS Dubai hopes one of its duo of talented players will perform equally well while representing Dubai in the 2007 World Skills Final.