On March 17, 2023, the splendid New York University in Abu Dhabi was the setting for a unique event: a football-themed ‘Family Day’ with Andrea Barzagli in attendance as special guest.
The event was the first Family Day for our Abu Dhabi Academy, organised for the children and youngsters enrolled at the academy, and took place entirely on the pitch, with more than 140 players participating in a tournament and 300 parents in the stands to share in the excitement of their children.
The event began with a speech from Barzagli, after which there were contributions from Italy’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi as well as the academy’s partner.
The former Juventus defender then got involved in the activities on the pitch, talking to all the groups involved in the various matches and giving all the children, from the oldest to the youngest, tips and advice they will surely never forget.
At the end of the day, Barzagli presented each member with a medal and a souvenir photo.
The event marks a first step for the academy towards expansion in Abu Dhabi next season.