February 13 – Inter Milan have expanded their academy programme into Indonesia with the launch of Inter Academy Indonesia that will see Italian coaches working in partnership with PERSIB Bandung and its elite academy.
Inter Academies already operate in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Japan and Saudi Arabia, with 15,000 young players, 200 local coaches and 30 Italian coaches. The inter academy programme is the international face of the club’s activity.
With greater global focus on the movement of young players between countries, there has been an increasing trend for Europe’s big clubs to expand their footprints in national markets outside their own, both in the search for talent but also in building club brand awareness and loyalty.
Inter have been fast to embrace the principle that developing young players in their own countries is “the ideal setting for them to mature both as footballers and individuals.” The training of coaches is central to this mission if players are to develop to their full potential.
“All children like to play football and I’m very happy that – thanks to Inter Academy sharing its technical knowledge and promoting healthy values – it is now easier for boys and girls in Indonesia to nurture their dreams,” said Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti.
“Inter Academy’s aim is to share coaching methodology and train coaches and children in their own countries while respecting international football rules and maintaining high moral standards.
“This is an important step forward for the development of the game in Indonesia, a country which has always had a very passionate Nerazzurri following.”
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