Press Release

Juventus coaches to help football's future stars

Published on 4 September 2019

Coaches from one of the world’s biggest football clubs will help youngsters play the ‘Juventus Way’ as part of a training camp to be hosted at the University of Dundee.

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Staff from the Italian champions will pass on the secrets of stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo to up to 90 boys and girls at the University’s Riverside Playing Fields. Taking place from October 7-11, the week-long camp will put young players through their paces, using University facilities to help them shoot, pass and dribble like some of the game’s brightest stars.

Paul McPate, Interim Co-Director of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise, said that teaming up with Juventus would help local youngsters to get a kick out of healthy living.

“It is a pleasure to welcome the team from Juventus Academy Scotland to the University of Dundee,” he said.

“Promoting health and wellbeing within the local community is one of our top priorities and initiatives such as this are a fun and exciting way to engage young people in sport. Our Riverside pitches are integral to community sport within Dundee, whether it is football, rugby or hockey, and we are always keen to highlight that it is not just students and University staff that can use these top-class facilities.

“We cannot wait to see the Juventus stars of the future taking their first steps towards Serie A with us next month.”

Nicknamed ‘The Old Lady’, Juventus is Italy’s most-decorated football club and has won the country’s Serie A title for the past eight seasons. As well as Ronaldo, world stars such as Argentina’s Paulo Dybala, Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsay currently pull on the club’s famous black-and-white shirt.

Staff from Turin will be supported by Scottish coaches to work with youngsters aged 8-14, to develop their technical, physical and mental abilities.

Paul Clelland, from Juventus Academy Scotland, said, "Following on from the success of our first camp in Aberdeen in August, we are delighted to bring our second training camp to Dundee in October.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the players to train the ‘Juventus Way' and are sure that they'll enjoy the experience and learn to think differently around their football development. We are looking forward to using the fantastic facilities for football at the University of Dundee at the beginning of our partnership together”

Further details on Juventus Academy Scotland can be found online.

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