Man City to shape soccer minds in Hanoi


Manchester City football school in Vietnam Image: Manchester City

The Premier League team Manchester City F.C. (UK) and the Dwight School Hanoi (Vietnam) recently announced the launch of the first Manchester City Football School in Vietnam that will offer bespoke football education for the students based at their brand-new state-of-the-art campus.

‘MANCHESTER CITY’ stated that the Dwight School Hanoi is the newest addition to the global network of Dwight Schools and is poised to shape the young minds in a cutting-edge 41,000 m² campus at The Manor Central Park, Hanoi.

The Manchester City Football Club is a professional football club based in Manchester, England (UK) that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Founded in 1880 as the St. Mark’s, they became the Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894.

The City of Manchester Stadium (currently known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons) is the home of the Premier League club Manchester City F.C., with a domestic football capacity of 53,400, making it the sixth largest football stadium in England and the 11th largest in the United Kingdom.

The Dwight School Hanoi is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World candidate school that will open in August 2024 in Hanoi’s (Vietnam) The Manor Central Park. The school will offer preschool through Grade 12 education and will include a football program that will introduce students to the Manchester City’s coaching philosophy and playing style.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit organization that offers four educational programs for students aged 3-19 in 143 countries. The IB’s mission is to develop caring, knowledgeable and inquiring young people who can create a more peaceful world through education that helps build intercultural understanding and respect.

The Manor Central Park is a mixed-use residential project in Hanoi, Vietnam, that includes 1,066 low-rise houses, 18 high-rise residential buildings and a 100-hectare central park.

The Dwight Schools is a global network of International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools that are known for educating the global leaders. The Dwight Schools personalize their students’ journeys based on their talents and passions. The Dwight Schools headquarters is in New York (US).

‘MANCHESTER CITY’ further stated that designed by the American Architect Carlos Zapata, this visionary space embodies Dwight’s commitment to igniting the spark of genius in every child.

From Preschool to Grade 12, the campus fosters academic excellence, collaborative exploration and creativity – promising an unparalleled educational journey.

The football program, set to kick off in August 2024 when the Dwight School Hanoi opens its doors, will introduce students to Manchester City’s distinctive playing style and coaching philosophy renowned for achieving success in English, European and global competitions.

The curriculum will cater to the Dwight students of all ages and grade levels, during the physical education (PE) classes, after school programs, weekend football, and competitive football teams of the school.

Commented Jorgina Busquets, Managing Director – Football Education, Recreation and Partner Clubs for City Football Group (CFG), “From the moment we met the Vice-Chancellor Blake Spahn (oversight of all Dwight School operations) and the team behind Dwight globally, we could see they have been trailblazers in education, raising the bar on academic excellence and beyond. We are eager to bring Manchester City’s approach and coaching expertise to their Hanoi school, whilst fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation. The partnership builds on the Manchester City Football Club’s legacy, now extending beyond the pitch to shape young minds and bodies at the Dwight School Hanoi. Both institutions envision a future where academic and athletic achievements go hand in hand.”

Manchester (UK)-based the City Football Group Limited (CFG) is a holding company that administers the association football clubs. The group is owned by three organizations, of which 81 percent is majority-owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group, 18 percent by the American firm Silver Lake and one percent by the Chinese firms China Media Capital and CITIC Capital.

Concluded Brantley Turner, Dwight School Hanoi’s Head of School, “The Manchester City’s dedication to player development, health and education resonates deeply with our own values at the Dwight School Hanoi and this partnership is a reflection of our commitment to providing an enriching and diverse learning experience for our students. We are pleased to collaborate with a globally elite football club that mirrors our commitment to exceptional standards to create a unique platform providing the aspiring young student-athletes with world-class coaching. This football program enables us to extend our ethos of ‘igniting the spark of genius in every child’ to the pitch, where discipline, teamwork and strategic thinking are as vital as they are in our classrooms.”

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