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The soccer field at the Marie-Reed Elementary School in Adams Morgan will soon be getting an upgrade. With the help of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and the Manchester City Football Club, what is now a dirt field will be turned into a brand new, state-of-the-art soccer field.

The aim is to turn the field into an all-weather, artificial turf field in time for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year this fall. It's part of the "City Soccer in the Community" program.

As part of this deal, there will also be soccer training programs for the kids in the neighborhood. Manchester City and the UAE Embassy have partnered on a handful of these deals across the country, building soccer fields and setting up training programs.

“I can’t imagine a better place for this new field, right here in the heart of Washington, D.C.,” said Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States.

They'll be working with the city government, as well as the D.C. Department of General Services to ensure that both the field and the areas around the field are refurbished and ready to go for the fall.

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