Winners of “Manchester United” Summer Soccer School have returned home

Tuesday 3 Sep 2013 | Member Press Release |

The results of “Manchester United” Summer Soccer School, organized in Baku by the First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan – Bakcell were announced.

The best students of training sessions organized in Baku by Bakcell and Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA), in the period from 24 to 28 of June 2013 have returned from their trip to Manchester.

Selection rounds for the school were held in Baku and several other regions of Azerbaijan under the supervision of AFFA representatives (Ganja, Mingachevir, Lankaran and Sumgait). Thirty two selected young talents aged 8-12 have participated in training sessions, held by coaches (Carl Wild and Paul Gray) from “Manchester United” football school at “Bakcell Arena” on 24-28 of June.

Six young talents (Samir Maharramli, Turan Velizade, Zeynaddin Abdurrahmanov, Tamerlan Rizvanov, Khayal Aliyev and Nigar Mirzaliyeva) selected by results of the training sessions have gained an opportunity to travel to the city of Manchester, visit the legendary “Old Trafford” stadium, “Manchester United Soccer School” and the team’s training field.

It should be noted that Nigar Mirzaliyeva – the only girl who participated in the group has joined the Girls Football training sessions organized in Manchester from 3rd to 10th of August.

During their trip to Manchester, which has started on the 10th of August, our young footballers have participated in training sessions of “Manchester United Soccer School” held at Denston college of Manchester city. One of our young talents – Tamerlan Rizvanov has won through to the Manchester United Soccer Schools World Skills Final and is invited to take part in skills challenges with winners of all other courses in the UK and around the world.

“This is like a dream to me. I still don’t believe this is actually happening.  I would like to thank Bakcell, AFFA and everyone else who implements this project and believes in us. I will do my best to meet your expectations” says young talent Tamerlan Rizvanov.

Group of young footballers, who have returned from Manchester trip on August 28th have visited the main office of Bakcell, met the company management, employees and took memorable photos.

Bakcell CMO Ms. Aynur Abjanova – “Bakcell pays big attention to the development of football in Azerbaijan making a stress on young talents and investing in their future. “Football with Bakcell” is one of our biggest projects ran in cooperation with Manchester United and AFFA and implementation of Manchester United Summer School is a part of this big project. It is a huge investment for the future of the Azerbaijani football and we are pleased to be a part of this process. We and our partners are sure that great potential of young talents needs to be trained by professionals and their skills need to be revealed. It is very nice to see the successful results of your work on the example of Tamerlan and I’m sure that his success is the first step for many others yet to come”.

AFFA General Secretary Elkhan Mammadov: “The “Football with Bakcell” Project carried out in cooperation between AFFA and Bakcell can be with certainly called a successful project . Notable works have been done quite a short period of time. Since June of this year, we have held selection tours in Baku and several regions of Azerbaijan, as well as organized a training camp at “Bakcell Arena” which guided by the coaches delegated by the “Manchester United” Summer Soccer School. Children selected after the selection tours have visited the city of Manchester, where they took part in a training camp in “Manchester United” Summer Soccer School. I believe that participation of children of such an early age in the selection tours and training camps will enhance their interest in football and they will engage football professionally in the future. ”


About Bakcell

Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers.  Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the Sür@ brand name.

As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

Bakcell’s network covers more than 99% of the population and 92% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its Sür@ services. With 257 retail outlets and 7 Customer Service Centers operating 24×7 Bakcell provides the best customer experience to its customers.

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