Villa, who named as the MLS MVP of the Season, was a World Cup Champion and the all-time leading scorer of the Spanish national team. During his impressive football career, he was coached by many great tacticians, including the likes of Josep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque. Combining his playing experience at the pinnacle of club and international football, with the youth coaching methodology originated from FC Barcelona, Villa has designed the DV7 Academy curriculum, with the Technical Director of the DV7 Soccer Academy, Josep Gombau, to offer a uniform playing style, as well as providing young playerswith the chance to develop individual skills,enhance vision and decision-making skills in matches in various stages of their football development.
The focus of this cooperation is beyond simply the provision of a static (even though world-class)curriculum. The partnership aims to develop a vibrant pathway to transfer modern football knowledge and training methodology from more advanced football countries to Hong Kong. The foundation of the partnership is the adoption ofthe DV7 curriculum by the Kitchee Academy. More importantly, through the partnership, Kitchee will now receive regularly the latest football knowledge from advanced football countries and continues to improve how young players are trained in Hong Kong.
Mr. Pedro Garcia, Director of Curriculum and Coaching Education explained, “The DV7 curriculum benefits both students and coaches. Throughout the partnership, we will train local coaches in the best practices, and we will guide them on a daily basis with Kitchee youth coaches at the Academy in order to guarantee the students have been properly equipped to deliver in match situations what they have learned in classes.”
Villa expressed his excitement about the partnership with Kitchee. “I understand that Kitchee has been working really hard on youth development, and for this reason, I would like to help them on developing students to become loyal fans of football while at the same time providing the Academy with the best curriculum to developtalents for the future. We will also help players with special talents to optimize their abilities, and to provide them a pathway to become a professional football player".