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Overseas Health Insurance News: Rival top-name football schools launched in Asia

Asia is becoming an important location for football schools for some of Britain's biggest clubs with new camps being launched across the region.

Just last month Manchester United and Chelsea both opened new schools for the sport on the same day in Singapore, reports the Telegraph.

It is seen as a good move by Premier League clubs wishing to expand their fan bases and sell merchandise in Asia.

By teaching children about playing football they are more involved, which in turn engages their parents and helps to bring in funds for buying new players.

But it is also good for expatriates from the UK, who often keep up with their local team from back home as a link to the UK.

As football is not an integral part of Asian culture it is an effective way for British expat kids to get a kick around with a group of others of the same age.

By opening a school in Singapore, Chelsea is adding to the group of football institutions it has in Asia, with another in Sabah, Malaysia,and others in South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand.

North London team Arsenal is taking a different approach as it is lending its name to Asian entrepreneurs wishing to run the school under a type of franchise system.

Harvey Davis, managing director of JSSL Arsenal in Singapore, told the news provider: "We follow the Arsenal soccer schools' coaching modules and standards.

"They send their coaches over to Singapore every year to coach our coaches who are all fully licensed and qualified and they coach the children."

He went on to say that he is surprised it has taken Manchester United and Chelsea so long to set up schools in the region.

Just as football fans in the UK pick a team, expats living across Asia will have more choice in terms of where their children can play the sport and with whom the school is affiliated.

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