Nutifood and Arsenal JMG have submitted a proposal to Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee for consideration in regards to opening up a second academy in the country.

The first academy opened in Vietnam eight years ago and such has been the success since it opened its doors, they are keen top open a second.

It is not thought that the Committee will have any problems with the proposal and the deputy chairman, Hua Ngoc Thuan, informed Nutifood representatives that they welcome the proposal from the non-profit project and will look to give it priority and has recommended that it be built in the Rach Chiec sports complex in District 2.

Board chairman of Nutifood, Tran Thanh Hai, said of the proposal “We will ask the city to grant us an area from five to ten hectares for building three training grounds, swimming pools, and other facilities.”

It is hoped that the first trainees will be recruited in June later this year, although they will be trained in temporary premises located at the Phu Tho Sports Hall in District 11.

With technical support being provided by Arsenal, the current academy has trained a number of players who have appeared for the Vietnam at u19 and u23 level and is seen as a great success when it comes to training young players in the country.

There are currently nine such academies throughout the world since the first was established in the Ivory Coast in 1994.