ZED FC Youth Academy was awarded Best Youth Academy in Africa by Dubai Globe Soccer, becoming the first private sports sector in Egypt to win the award.
The announcement was made during a ceremony held today, Monday, at the Armani hotel in Burj Khalifa, with the participation of a group of international football stars. Onsi Sawiris, chairman of ZED for Sports Investment, received the award for the best youth academy in Africa.
This award is a recognition of the strategy of ZED for Sports Investment which aims to create the strongest youth sector by discovering new talents from all over Egypt, signing partnerships with major European clubs such as the club of German football Borussia Dortmund and providing professional training opportunities. and the latest global training techniques. With this approach, ZED aims to give young people the opportunity to develop their skills and compete internationally, in line with Egypt’s strategic vision for 2030.
The Globe Soccer Awards, held this year as part of Expo 2020 Dubai activities, honor distinguished personalities in 14 different football categories, including male and female players and coaches. It is an annual ceremony that has been held since 2010. It started with four categories of awards and began to expand to 14 categories aimed at recognizing not only the best players and coaches, but also people who work in the behind the scenes of the football industry. which have not been recognized before. Many international football stars have received these awards in previous rounds, such as football star ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ who has won the best player award on several occasions, most recently in 2019, football legend ‘Lionel Messi’ who received the same award in 2015, and coach José Mourinho who was named best coach in 2012.
The award for Best Youth Academy in Africa crowns ZED’s vision for sports investment in Egypt through the establishment of the latest infrastructure of stadiums equipped with the highest standards in addition to providing the latest training methods , and an integrated sports institution that includes the educational aspect. in order to technically and practically prepare a generation of qualified sports executives.
The ceremony was attended by a high-level delegation from ZED for Sports Investment led by Onsi Sawiris, Chairman; Haitham Abdel Azim, vice-president; Seif Zaher CEO; and board members including Hassan Abdo, Amr Taher, in addition to technical board members represented by Ahmed Hassan, Hazem Imam, Emad Meteb and Ahmed Hossam (Mido).
Onsi Sawiris, President of ZED for Sports Investment, commented on this important award saying, “We are delighted to receive the first international award after the establishment of ZED for Sports Investment a few years ago. We wanted to develop a strategy to prepare a distinguished youth sector with a professional mentality through the establishment of an integrated sports system that includes professional stadiums and coaches, with the participation of major European clubs.
In addition, Haitham Abdel Azim, ZED Vice President for Sports Investment, said that ZED FC Youth Academy has invested huge investments to build world-class stadiums to enable many talents to develop their skills and increase the number of athletes and to use the latest technologies. to develop player skills.
On his part, Seif Zaher, CEO of ZED for Sports Investment, said: “The fact that ZED FC Youth Academy has won the award for the best youth academy in Africa from the Globe Soccer Awards represents a challenge for ZED to maintain this unique level and to prepare the best young people. base with a professional mentality, participating in local and international tournaments and graduate talents ready to play in the biggest international leagues.
It should be mentioned that ZED FC Youth Academy won the award after a competition with top sports clubs. This is basically driven by the club’s ongoing efforts to increase the number of junior and youth teams to 12, which has resulted in a 350% increase in experimental attendance rates in a short period of time. This led to a 640% increase in player count. Ten players have been called up for the Egypt squad and 12 junior players have been promoted to the first team to take part in Premier League promotion competitions, in addition to a women’s football academy launched a few months ago.
© Press release 2021