Dundee agrees partnership with Serie A giant
05 Oct 2012
Scottish Premier League football club Dundee has agreed an unlikely partnership with Italian Serie A giant AC Milan.
Under the agreement, AC Milan will send a team of coaches from their world-famous soccer school and academy to Dundee. Milan’s soccer school project manager Silvio Broli, technical supervisor Davide Corti and academy representatives Stefano Baldini and Gianfranco Parma will conduct the course in Dundee on October 11-12. Scotland-based coaches will have the opportunity to take part in a two-day AC Milan Course for Coaches at the University of Dundee sports facility, and the Scottish club is hopeful that the two clubs will collaborate on other projects in the future.
“Dundee FC sees the development of the youth side of the club as crucial to our future and this is an exciting partnership which enables not only Dundee FC coaches but the coaches of other clubs at all levels in the region to benefit from the expertise of such a huge and successful football club as AC Milan,” Dundee CEO Scot Gardiner said. “We believe that we have to look to new and innovative ideas to develop the club and this is a major coup for everyone at Dens Park, including our youth teams who will take part in the course.”
Gardiner added: “The partnership is particularly exciting because of where it may lead in the future. AC Milan is undoubtedly one of Europe’s leading clubs in every sense imaginable and we see this as a first initial step to a longer term relationship. The experience and technical excellence the Rossoneri coaches bring will be of huge benefit to all who take part.” The two clubs met in the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1963, with Milan winning on aggregate.