Athletes ages 5-18 are invited to try out on June 8th at Austin Tindall Regional Park
FC Barcelona, the most powerful soccer club in the world, will open a training academy in Orlando, Florida this upcoming season, with facilities at Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Florida and William R. Boone High School, Orange County, Florida. Chris Pamatian was down at the Amway Center with My4oh7 and Cmp_images on Thursday as the announcement was made that The Barça Academy is coming to Orlando Florida this month, the Spanish professional soccer club announced today the opening of its 50th academy in the world, 9th in the United States.
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The move is a part of the club’s giant push for a bigger footprint in the United States, and a worldwide boost of its Barça Academy project.
The club will host a public tryout on June 8th (3pm – 8pm) at Austin Tindall Regional Park and will be open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18 years old. Once the prospective players go through the tryout, the technical director will make the final decision on which program fits the player better into the academy.
“This is a unique opportunity for Orlando-area youth to receive the methodology and values from coaches with one of the premier soccer clubs in the world,” said Xavi O’Callaghan, FCBarcelona Managing Director Americas.
“The fact that FCBarcelona is coming to Orlando, gives us the opportunity to involve our diverse community in a project that has a dedicated foundation and integration base. These standards are very well aligned to our operative mindset,” said Mayra Uribe, Orange County Commissioner. “We are already hearing quite a positive reaction. This could be a major boost for Orange County.”
The Barça Academy is the most recognizable academy in the world. It boasts successful methodologies from which players such as Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué emerged. The instruction will be given full-time year-round under the unmatched and unique FC Barcelona style and philosophy, implemented by the FCB Technical Director that will move permanently to Orlando.
“One of the main goals of Barça Academy has always been to give players around the world the opportunity to be exposed to our methodology, acquiring our core values and soccer capacities.” said Carles Martin, Director Barça Academy. “We serve this purpose and are strongly committed to support their highest development during their whole pathway.”
This new program will not only help local players experience firsthand the best international, professional and developmental soccer pathway, but will also reinforce Orlando in a Global Soccer Stage,” said Marc Segarra, co-founder of ISL Agency, official partner of Barça Academy in the United States.
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ABOUT BARÇA ACADEMY
Barça Academy are FC Barcelona’s own football schools for boys and girls, and which focus on the comprehensive education of its pupils. The model has been exported internationally, the idea being to expand the Barça brand and teach the rest of the world about the club’s philosophy and values.
The schools work with their own, unique system based on the same methodology that Barça uses from its youngest academy teams through to the senior team, encouraging a creative and attack-minded style of play indispensably combined with the teaching of values: respect, humility, effort, ambition and teamwork, with proven success.
FC Barcelona currently has a total of 50 Barça Academy projects around the world, plus more than 180 campuses and 50 clinics, in 56 countries on all five continents, involving more than 45,000 children in the different activities that they run.
The Barça Academy projects are divided into Barça Escola Barcelona, the Barça Academy Pro in Haikou (China) and New York (USA), Barça Residency Academy Arizona (USA) and the 46 Barça Academy in all five continents.