The Premier Academy of Football will be the first of FootballCorp Asia's businesses. It will offer beginner to advanced football training for youths aged between six and 18. Timothy Bredbury, one of the best-known football stars in Hong Kong, is the senior licensed coach of this programme. The objectives of the scheme are to develop youths who have talent and potential in football, and to provide them with world-class training . Mr Bredbury said: 'Training new talent is vital if we want to see the quality of the sport gain pace. ' This scheme includes four two-month training sessions each year, starting from October, January, April and July. Each ses sion comprises two-hour lessons held every week. 'It is a great pleasure to share my experience with the younger generation. I want to continue to make a contribution to the game even after I have retired. Therefore, I joined FootballCorp Asia as the managing director as well as a coach. 'I will be equally glad coaching future stars and any youths who are mad about this game,' Mr Bredbury said. Match visits During the training programme, the youths will also learn more about football through video analysis, lectures, match visits and football tours. Public relations executive Janet Yau Kam-sau told Young Post : 'As the World Cup approaches, the interest in football will rise again. This programme not only provides them [the local football talents] with the opportunities for professional training, but also more room for development in the game. 'Leading international football players and coaches will be invited to conduct our programme, enabling the youths to meet some professional international football stars, which is meaningful for the youngsters,' Ms Yau said. Chairman of FootballCorp Asia and president of Sports International Steven Feuerstein said: 'The market has been ready for FootballCorp Asia's services, because people's, especially youngsters', interest in and demand for football is at an all- time high.' Mr Feuerstein said that FootballCorp Asia was ready to develop the enormous football market into the new millennium.