The Premier League club, Southampton FC has signed a contract with Cyberlynx International College as a new academy partner. The contract includes Southampton’s Football Partnership team to support the college’s football and education goals.
Cyberlynx is a non-profit private college in Malaysia that provides certificate and diploma programs in business, sports, science and design.
The college was founded back in 2006 and its main program is the diploma in football studies. All Cyberlynx students receive free student membership and access to its professional football development program through the Cyberlynx Football Club which is also known as Cyberlynx FC.
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 contract will provide various opportunities for Cyberlynx staff, members and students of the broader community to work with Southampton FC’s coach and player development program.
The college will also have access to Southampton FC’s player development curriculum and e-Learning programme which will allow the academy staff to visit Malaysia to deliver Soccer Clinics for young players and masterclasses for coaches.
Managing Director of Cyberlynx, Dato’ Nathan Mahalingam, said, “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.”
Recently, Southampton FC has announced that a London-based company, the Sport Republic has acquired an 80 per cent controlling stake in the Saints.
Southampton FC is 14th in the Premier League table with 21 points. They next go against Swansea in the 3rd round of the FA cup tonight.