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Arsenal's joint venture with Global Partner Emirates Airline, offers the opportunity for children to learn to play football to the highest possible standard 'the Arsenal way'. Three courses of twelve weeks each run consecutively during Dubai school terms each year, catering to children aged between 4 and 20 years.
Opened in October 2009, the school provides progressive courses, each building on the skills learnt in the last course, thus enabling the children to develop confidence on the pitch whilst having fun through play.
The school's Head Coach is ex-Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley, who made his debut for the club in 1992 and chalked up a total of 60 appearances - winning the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners Cup in 1994/95
Based at The 7evens Stadium, Dubai's leading sports facility, the students train on state-of-the art football pitches and each season, have the lucky opportunity to exclusive trips to Arsenal's home, Emirates Stadium as well as meeting their Arsenal heroes at school!
Age 4-6 YEARS
Encouraging free playing smalls sided games
Having fun with new friends
Understanding and being in a team environment
Letting players express themselves and try new things
Age 7-8, 9-10 YEARS
Playing out from the back
Coaching players to play forwards
Allowing players to express themselves in a game environment
Encouraging healthy eating and players understanding what their body needs to exercise
Age 11-12 YEARS
Possession/ keep ball games, retaining the ball for long periods
Football related fitness
Team set up
Understanding positions and encouraging exciting forward play
Age 13-15, 16-20 YEARS
Playing out from the back quickly
Learning when to counter attack
Defensive, Midfield and forward units, Team shape