Italian legend Franco Baresi was in South Tyneside yesterday to launch a new football camp in the borough.
Former AC Milan star Baresi jetted over to Tyneside to meet parents of youngsters interested in signing up for the Milan Junior Camp, which will be held at Hebburn Town between July 27-31.
We are happy to be in the UK, where football was born.Franco Baresi
The scheme allows budding footballers aged between six and 17 to train the way the famous Italian club’s academy does, and ex-Italy captain Baresi – one of the greatest defenders the game has ever seen – is delighted to bring it to the borough.
Baresi said: “The success of this project lies indeed in its unique offering that combines fun, sport, health and the possibility for each participant to train according to Milan Academy integrated coaching method.
“With more than 15 years of experience all over the world, AC Milan is the leader among the professional clubs in organising camps for kids.
“We are happy to be in the UK, the country where football was born.
“I recommend all boys and girls who attend the camp to give maximum effort and commitment.
“This experience can be an important opportunity for improving new football skills and training methods and most of all for playing with other young players, having fun and making new friends.”
The typical camp day includes two daily training sessions with a tournament in the afternoon session.
AC Milan Junior Camp’s main purpose is to have the participants experience a professional football camp along with AC Milan certified trainers and have fun with new friends.
During the training, original AC Milan Junior Camp training kits will be used and as every year , the some of the camp attendees will be invited to Milan to take part in the Milan Junior Camp Day, together with other kids from around the world.
During the two-day event they will also visit the San Siro stadium and walk on the pitch all together.
Alessandro Gianni, Milan’s junior representative, added: “2015 Milan Junior Camp season opened with camps in Australia and Dubai and the camps will go on, with more than 10,000 participants in 153 locations in Italy and in 42 countries around the world.
“These numbers give the idea of the International perspective of the Milan Junior camps.”
The camps have been set up in partnership with South Tyneside-based Carl Dunn, an Azzurri sports management official, who regularly brings legends team AC Milan Glorie over to the UK for charity matches, including Steve Harper’s testimonial at St James’s Park two years ago.