Liverpool Football Club has partnered with with DSK Shivajians Football club based in India and announced their plans for a full-time academy in the city of Pune.
The clubs together will be known as LFC International Football Academy DSK and are expected to officially open in the first week of January 2014. The world-class residential complex featuring full-size pitches, practice areas, classrooms, locker rooms, a gym, lecture theatre and medical facilities is under construction.
LFC Academy Director Frank McParland said,
The results speak for themselves, as last season seven Academy players made their first-team debuts. Education and community work is key to the development of our young players and we look forward to taking our knowledge and experience of developing young footballers to India.
Liverpool becomes the first Premier League club to establish a partnership and local academy in India.
Shirish Kulkarni, Executive Director of the DSK Group, added,
This is a strategic move for us at DSK Shivajians FC which will give aspiring young footballers the opportunity to be coached by one of the world’s most famous football clubs – Liverpool FC.
DSK Shivajians FC will utilize the facilities at DSK Supinfocom International, locatedin Loni, for the new academy, where Liverpool FC will also run its football academy.