Sport360 - - Going Out Listings - By Den­zil Pin­tob @denz_360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

As­pir­ing foot­ballers do not want to miss out on pick­ing the brains of for­mer Manch­ester United striker Dwight Yorke dur­ing ESM Foot­ball Academy’s Free Open Day this Fri­day.

Yorke, 45, has been named the am­bas­sador for the academy and GEMS Ed­u­ca­tion, and brings plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence to the role.

The for­mer Trinidad and Tobago in­ter­na­tional en­joyed an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer most no­tably with Manch­ester United, where he was part of the tri­umphant tre­ble squad in 1999.

He passed on his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the first Free Open Day on Fri­day and will be do­ing so again this week along­side the coach­ing staff at the Jumeirah Bac­calau­re­ate School and GEMS World Academy in Dubai.

Yorke, who will be reg­u­larly of­fer­ing all his play­ing and coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the kids, said: “As a mem­ber of the FIFA De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, I am ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about help­ing young foot­ballers achieve their im­me­di­ate and long term goals. I can un­der­stand the chal­lenges of play­ing foot­ball in a small coun­try and re­ally re­late to their dreams of play­ing in the ma­jor foot­ball leagues around the world.

“Many young play­ers and par­ents feel it’s not pos­si­ble to have a fu­ture play­ing here in the UAE. I can tell you, com­ing from the Caribbean, any­thing is pos­si­ble. To see what ESM Foot­ball Academy have been do­ing for the last 12 years in the UAE is very en­cour­ag­ing and it’s only go­ing to get bet­ter. This is where it starts and we’ll be im­ple­ment­ing the best op­tions and meth­ods for each player at the academy, to give them struc­ture and the op­por­tu­nity to have a bright fu­ture.”

Although ESM Foot­ball Academy’s new term has al­ready be­gun, it’s still not too late to sign up with reg­is­tra­tion still open. As a mul­ti­ple award-win­ning academy, ESM Foot­ball Academy, for­merly known as E-Sports Foot­ball Club, has be­come one of the top in­sti­tu­tions in the UAE, pro­mot­ing youth foot­ball for more than 12 years.

There are three pro­grammes to choose from with their Early Touches for three to six-year olds, while their ESM Foot­ball Academy is for seven to 14. For those aged between eight-16, can sign up for their De­vel­op­ment Squad Pro­grammes.

Ses­sions are held at GEMS World Academy, GEMS Welling­ton Academy, GEMS Metropole School and Jumeirah Bac­calau­re­ate School.

James Bowring, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at ESM Foot­ball Academy, added: “ESM Foot­ball will stick to its strong long-term vi­sion of help­ing pro­duce qual­ity play­ers in the UAE, and giv­ing boys and girls the op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­sider a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in the ‘beau­ti­ful game’ post their stud­ies.

“We all un­der­stand the im­por­tance of youth de­vel­op­ment of young play­ers here in the UAE. Dwight Yorke will be a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to our de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, of­fer­ing an in­valu­able in­sight in to play­ing at the high­est level.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence and view point will ben­e­fit the tal­ent we have here and help pro­duce new gen­er­a­tion of play­ers.”

‘Smil­ing As­sas­sin’: Dwight Yorke (r) at the ESM FA Awards Night.

Fu­ture stars: ESM Foot­ball Academy chil­dren in ac­tion.

We are the cham­pi­ons: Tro­phies are on the line.

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