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FC Barcelona to open football school in India

Spanish giants FC Barcelona's first football school in India will come up in New Delhi by the end of the year, the club announced here on Wednesday.

The school named FCBEscola will be operational within this year and will have a capacity for around 300 players between 6-14 years.

"This is one of the most ambitious projects for FCBEscola worldwide. We hope to train 10,000 young footballers in coming three years and with this initiative we will provide the depth and the quality needed to develop coaches and players from a very young age,' said FCBEscola director Xevi Marce here.

Subsequent to Delhi, Barca, in collaboration with Conscient Football, aim to expand various programmes to other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Goa, Pune, Ahmedabad.

Marce also appointed Antonio Claveria as the technical director of the school. Claveria, who will be stationed here, made a prior trip to Delhi when the Catalan club had their first camp at the Heritage School.

'It was a great experience for me to start the Barca India project in December 2011. I am looking forward to working with talented youngsters on a sustained and regular basis,' he said.
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