Inter academy lands in Hong Kong
Inter Academy Hong Kong, the result of a strategic agreement between FC Internazionale Milano, Suning Sports Group and Man Lap International Sports Group, is up and running. The new project is the latest step in Inter and Suning’s extensive plan to develop Inter Academies in China.
As part of this push, Inter Academy and Suning are working together to identify suitable partners to carry out a technical training project, and Man Lap International Sports Group – geared towards promoting sport and education across the territory – fits the bill perfectly.
Among those present at the opening in Hong Kong were Inter vice president Javier Zanetti, Inter academy director Barbara Biggi and technical director Marco Monti. David Dai was present as a representative of Suning, who is the general manager of Hong Kong, Shenzhen regional management centre and executive vice president of South China territory. Canny Leung from the Hong Kong Football Association was also present at the ceremony.
“We are pleased to unveil this project which enables us and Suning to make a key contribution in Hong Kong with a prominent partner at our side in Man Lap International Sports Group. Our prime concern is to help strengthen the local footballing culture, sharing our expertise while respecting football rules and international ethics, and training coaches and youngsters in their home country,” Zanetti said.
“Building this partnership is a significant step forward in Suning’s work to improve football training and increase awareness, which the group is making a serious effort to promote across the territory while leveraging the professionalism and expertise offered by Inter,” he added.
“I am very happy to share this unprecedented moment with you,” said Dai. “Taking place in a magical location like Hong Kong, where the Suning Group have been present for eight years. Hong Kong is considered the cultural bridge between the West and the East and is the perfect place for collaboration between Suning and Inter – a Western club with an international spirit but Chinese owners. We are proud to promote the development of youth football in this area.”
The training pathway offered by the new Inter Academy will be in step with the youngsters’ development, starting with activities aimed at the youngest participants and progressing towards competitive action for the older age groups, including both girls and boys. The activities will range from those at soccer school and grassroots level to a training programme that develops local youngsters into potential elite team players.
Marco Monti, in his role as Inter academy technical director, will initiate the relevant technical procedures while Massimo Terenzio will be the permanent coach in Hong Kong. Inter Academy Hong Kong will be run locally by Louis Liu, who is president of Inter Club Hong Kong, and Chiu Chun Kit, a former Hong Kong Premier League and Hong Kong Chinese national team player, who will be technical director.
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