Club officials discuss community sports park.
A delegation of club personnel has continued to progress the planned community sports park to be built in Tanzania.
The club announced plans in June to build the multi-sports park in the African country in partnership with Symbion Power and Black Cats’ staff have visited the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam where the football project will take place.
The Academy, in a city with over 4 million habitants, will offer thousands of young footballers the opportunity to develop their skills thanks to ongoing assistance through the club in a programme that is the first of its kind in Tanzania.
The club has met with Honourable Mussa Zungu who is the Director of the City Council to discuss the Sports Park, which is expected to open in early 2014.
Sunderland AFC Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson said: “Since being in Tanzania the passion and enthusiasm for football has been evident.
“After meeting with the council it was clear that we shared a common vision for football development in the area and the need to have this excellent facility.”
The building of the academy is being funded by US company Symbion Power, with whom the club have a partnership, to ensure that the facilities offer easy access to youngsters hoping to progress their football education.