European giants Liverpool launched a new international academy in Mauritius on Friday in a bid to "bring authentic LFC coaching to young fans around the world."
The academy was launched in partnership with the country's Sports and Youth Ministry and was officially opened in the presence of Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar along with Dan White, Liverpool FC's Vice President of International Academies and the Mauritius Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth.
Speaking to BBC Sports Dan White said: "When we started our conversations, we noticed that we have a shared vision for football development and also the impact the sport can have on the population.
"There is a hugely passionate fan base in Mauritius and we are confident that this project will be a positive development for football in Mauritius. We look forward to working with our partners here to make sure it is a success.
Bring Authentic LFC
"We want to bring authentic LFC coaching to young fans around the world.”
This is the second such Liverpool academy in Africa (the first was launched in Egypt) where the club will aim to deliver ongoing coaching programmes to youngsters on the Indian Ocean island.
Recruitment of players and coaches are underway and a wide range of year-round programmes are planned to begin next month.