Football becomes major focus at GEMS Winchester School Dubai
Fursan Hispania FC will operate its specialized football academy, training camps and tournaments, and after-school programs for WSD students. The school’s teachers, meanwhile, also benefit from the continuous professional development (CPD) provided by the club’s experienced coaches.
One of the first events hosted as part of the partnership at WSD was a specialized goalie camp run by the Iker Casillas Academy. The former Galactico, Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper, who became a two-time world and two-time European champion, was on campus himself for parts of camp in January.
Michel Salgado, Fursan Hispania FC, said: “For us, football has always been more than just a game. Football is a very important educational tool that has developed and shaped our players into well-educated people since we started in Dubai nine years ago. We are aware of how many values sport in general and football in particular can transmit to its participants.
“Ultimately, teaching football is a responsibility that we all take on with passion and determination and part of that responsibility is to provide our players with a new facility in a very prestigious educational environment: GEMS Winchester School – Dubai.
“We are excited about this unique project as it offers space for both the school and our football club to grow together in a very positive synergy. Creating one of the largest football centers in Dubai with two full size pitches, a nine-a-side field, a foot tennis area and two padel courts was the step we had to take to take our club to the next level.”
Matthew Lecuyer, Director/CEO, GEMS Winchester School – Dubai said: “At WSD we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our learning experience. With our new state-of-the-art sports facilities, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Fursan Hispania FC.
“This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work with world champion professional footballers and coaches. WSD students and staff will benefit from learning from and being exposed to a professional football club, which allows for embedding sporting excellence and development into our daily learning. We welcome this exciting opportunity not only for our students but also for our staff, now and in the future.”
James Bowring, Commercial and Operations Director, ESM said: “The partnership between Fursan Hispania FC, GEMS Winchester School – Dubai and ESM is unique in the sector. Not only will the school benefit from unrivaled sports facilities, but it will also have a professional football club and top-class coaches embedded in the school to support the long-term development of football for students – something that has never existed before.”