Dubai is all set to further scale new heights as a truly international sporting hub after teaming up with La Liga to unveil Football Center on Monday.
Launched in the presence of Saeed Hareb, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council, Khalid Al Zarooni, President, Dubai Sports City, Fernando Sanz, President, La Liga Foundation, Gaizka Mendieta, La Liga Ambassador, Maite Ventura, Managing Director for La Liga in the Mena region and Hussein Murad, CEO, Inspiratus, the new venture promised to be a new world-class destination for football development and entertainment in the UAE and beyond
“Since entry in the UAE in 2013, La Liga has always been on the lookout to further improve the standard of sports here. And it’s not just about football as we have youngsters who have been excelling in rugby and cricket as well here. There is no doubt that we have ample talent in the UAE and surrounding region, and all they need is the right pathway towards the future,” Hareb said
Established with the basic aim of powering football while developing talent in the UAE and the region, The Football Center DSC will also become the home of Footlab — the world’s first indoor football performance and entertainment park.
Murad, CEO of Inspiratus, the sports management agency of La Liga Academy and La Liga HPC and CEO of The Football Center was clear in explaining what he wants the new entity to achieve in the near future.
“It’s time to take the next step forward. We began with the La Liga Academy and then moved forward to the La Liga High Performance Centre. Today, with the start of The Football Centre we feel we are in a position to offer a better platform to our youngsters to pursue and realise their footballing dreams in the professional sphere,” he said.
The Football Center will not only be the centre of excellence for the game, but will also bring state-of-the-art sports sciences with preventive, strengthening and recovery systems for athletes including assessment and nutrition programmes at Eupepsia Wellness and Sports Science Clinic, which is scheduled to open its doors in December.