Inter Milan add ninth Academy venture with Budapest partnership

March 21 – Italian Serie A giant Internazionale have launched another academy set up in another country. Following hard on the heels of new Inter Academy openings in Lebanon and Indonesia over the past four week, comes Inter’s foray into in Budapest, Hungary.

In Budapest Inter’s global coaching project is partnering with Szent Pál Hungary, a leading Hungarian educational institution, which has for more than 6000 students from primary school to post-graduate level and has its own football club.

Szent Pál Akadémia Football Club has a number of teams from U7 to U19 level, with the U15 and U19 sides registered with the Hungarian FA.

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti attended the ceremony to announce the new partnership with the prestigious Hungarian educational institution, which caters for over 6000 students from primary school to post-graduate level and has its own football club. Szent Pál Akadémia Football Club has a number of teams from U7 to U19 level, with the U15 and U19 sides registered with the Hungarian FA.

Inter coaches will begin work with the players and coaching staff of Szent Pál Akadémia Football Club – 150 youngsters aged 6-17 plus eight local trainers – before expanding within the school network on a national level.

“All children like to play football and sporting values help young people to grow as human beings,” said Javier Zanetti, on hand for the unveiling of the partnership. “This is what we offer at Inter Academy, as well as coaches with substantial experience in developing budding footballers around the world…

“I am sure this Inter Academy in Hungary will be a success as we are working with a competent partner and an established network of schools. It is the ideal set-up for sharing moral and sporting values, and for helping children to grow as human beings as well as footballers.”

The Inter Academy philosophy is focussed on technical ability and training at a high level. This they say, is what creates top players and winning teams. However, this goes hand in hand with a commitment to” training men (and women in the Hungarian case)  first and footballers second.”

Inter is looking to develop and mentor players who could become professionals at the highest level, but at the same time is spreading the club brand and its core values in the international marketplace.

Inter Academy also operates in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

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