MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) – Inter Milan will open a football academy in Minsk in September 2018. The relevant agreement was signed in the Minsk House of Football on 14 March, BelTA has learned.
Young Belarusian football players will be trained in line with cutting-edge Italian methods at the Minsk-based Nikolai Murashko Junior Football School, the first private football ground in Minsk recently opened in Kurasovshina neighborhood. Aspiring football players need to be at least 7 years old to attend the academy. Great attention will be paid to technique, physical education, and also such unusual disciplines as teambuilding and sports psychology. The academy will also run chess classes and foreign language courses.
According to the agreement between Inter Milan and the Nikolai Murashko Junior Football School, the academy will launch training courses not only for young football players but also for coaches. Every year football coaches will do internships in Milan. In turn, Italian specialists will be working in Minsk every year for several months. The best academy students will be sent to Milan to train with the first team. Inter Academy Technical Director Marco Monti said that the training system is designed for Belarusian children to make it all the way to the first team.
Italian specialists will take part in selection of academy students. Two-week football camps will be organized in Minsk in June under the supervision of Italian coaches. In the future, Inter Academy specialists will come to Belarus at least three times a year to coordinate the academy's work and select new students. Grants and free programs will be available to the most talented children.
During the visit to Minsk, Italian technical specialists commended the football ground and noted that such a modern pitch is shock-absorbing and reduces the risk of injuries during training.
One of the most decorated football clubs in Europe, Inter Milan has won the league little 18 times and claimed three Champions League and UEFA Cup titles. Inter Academy provides an ongoing supply of young football talents. In recent years, the academy has been expanding abroad. To date, it already has branches in Brazil, Argentina, and China.More about Sport