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Volume 6 No. 192


Liverpool "has announced plans to launch an academy in India," according to James Pearce of the LIVERPOOL ECHO. The Reds "have joined forces with DSK Shivajians FC for the initiative in Pune which will open in January." The LFC Int'l Football Academy DSK "will be a residential complex featuring full-size pitches, practice areas, classrooms, changing rooms, a gym, canteen, lecture theatre and medical facilities" (LIVERPOOL ECHO, 10/16). The PTI reported the program, which will support aspiring young footballers up to the age of 18, "will provide the players with the opportunity to develop their game in a professional academy environment, said the release from Libero Sports, a consultancy firm which facilitated the initiative." Coaches from Liverpool "will work on the project in India and will pass on technical expertise to the players and coaches." Over time, more full-time coaches will come from Liverpool "to oversee each age group players at the Academy" (PTI, 10/16). Academy Dir Frank McParland said, "Education and community work is key to the development of our young players" (BBC, 10/16).

League Championship Reading FC has "agreed a deal to build a new training ground" in Wokingham, outside London, according to Charles Watts of the READING POST. Royals "exchanged contracts with the Royal Merchant Navy School Foundation on Friday to buy a 120-acre site at Bearwood Estate." The new training ground, which will house both the first team and the Academy, "will include 15 pitches as well as purpose built indoor facilities." Reading’s current training facility is at Hogwood Park, Arborfield, where they have been since '04. But with the club’s academy being awarded an Elite Player Performance Plan Category One rating, a move to a bigger facility "was key" (READING POST, 10/16). The BBC reported a full planning request "will be submitted to Wokingham Borough Council in the near future." The sale "will be finalised on receipt of planning permission" (BBC, 10/16).