Southampton FC has announced Cyberlynx International College as the team’s official International Academy Partner.
In the Saint’s first collaboration in Malaysia, Southampton’s Football Partnership team will support the College’s football and education progression.
Mark Abrahams, Director of Business & Community Development, commented: “We’re looking forward to working with Cyberlynx over the coming years and we’re delighted to be working with an organisation that recognises the power of sport and in particular football.
“There has been a natural synergy between both parties since we began discussions as we have a shared purpose and expertise in developing young people to fulfil their potential.”
The not-for-profit private college is based in Kuala Lumpur, and states that it offers diploma and certificate courses in sports, business, design and sciences. Having opened in 2006, the college’s Diploma in Football Studies is its signature programme.
Managing Director of Cyberlynx, Dato’ Nathan Mahalingam, added: “We chose Southampton FC as they are one of the best football Academies in the UK with a focus on football training and education similar to what Cyberlynx is trying to achieve in Malaysia.
“Our coaches and students will benefit greatly from the years of knowledge and expertise that Southampton FC has amassed in producing top level football players for many of the top teams in the English Premier League.
“This partnership will bring football education in Malaysia to a new level and is also in line with our plans to develop pathways for our outstanding players to play overseas.”
The Premier League team has stated that the partnership will provide opportunities for Cyberlynx staff, students and the wider community in terms of engagement with Southampton FC’s coach and player development programme.
Further focus has also been placed on access to the Southampton FC player development curriculum and its e-Learning Programme, as well as Academy staff visiting Malaysia to deliver Soccer Clinics for young players and masterclasses for coaches.