V-League football team Hoang Anh Gia Lai will recruit the first graduates to emerge from a training course at the Hoang Anh Gia Lai-Arsenal-JMG Academy in the next three years.
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The US$4 million football academy in co-operation with English Premier League club Arsenal, began its first course under-12 year olds three years ago.
They have been undergoing professional football training and regular schooling under the seven-year free programme that is aimed at creating top international players.
"They will be the first players to graduate from our academy. Kids receive full time football training and education, to help them prepare to play professionally in Viet Nam or elsewhere in Asia, Europe or even England," deputy director of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Sports Stock Company Tran Van Minh said yesterday.
"We'll sign professional contracts with them by 2014 when they are 17 years old. They can play for Hoang Anh Gia Lai in the V-League or transfer to another team in Southeast Asia or Asia," Minh said.
He also added that coaches from Arsenal had said that two of the first intake of students eligible for European championships.
The academy enrolled 10 young hopefuls on the second course last year. – VNS