Dubai academy opens gate for English soccer career

Getting into the mainstream of sports is virtually impossible for most young expats in Dubai but there are a few grassroot level coaches and academies in the UAE who have laid the path for their trainees to be potential professionals.

The Go-Pro Sports Football Academy (GPSFA) located at Dubai English Speaking College in Academic City is a fine example of how local talent here can be spotted, nurtured and trained for possible inclusion in the professional club setups abroad, especially the UK.

The academy is open to all age groups and abilities, and both boys and girls can attend. Go-Pro Sports has been in Dubai for the last four years and as a coach and a head of the football section Kirk Hilton said: “I know I have the experience to not only improve the level of football here in the United Arab Emirates, but also to offer individuals a chance to understand the game further and to ensure they are aware of what is required to become a professional footballer.”

To find out more about starting an international football career in Dubai, please click here.

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Kazim Ladimeji is the Director of—a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers. It includes a blog with career and small business advice articles. Kazim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practising HR professional for 14 years.

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