September 13, 2017; Reading, England: GPS International, a division of Global Premier Soccer, one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the world, is pleased to announce a further extension of its technical partnership with Valencia CF that will see the agreement now cover GPS United Kingdom.
Having launched in Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria during the summer under the Global Premier Soccer South East Europe (GPS SEE) banner and separately announced Global Premier Soccer Spain (GPS Spain) as an affiliated club, this exclusive international partnership will launch initially for GPS UK in the South of England and will provide access to the famed Valencia CF Youth Academy. Plans are well under way to extend the GPS footprint across a number of UK locations over the next 3 years.
One of Spain’s most successful clubs, Valencia CF was founded in 1919 and have won 6 La Liga titles, 7 Copa del Reys and 3 UEFA Cups and reached back to back UEFA Champions League Finals in 2000 and 2001. Valencia is the third most supported football club in Spain and one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of number of associates (registered paying supporters), with more than 50,000 season ticket holders. Valencia CF has developed the talents of a number of world champion players via its Youth Academy such as David Silva, Isco and Jordi Alba.
This partnership solidifies Valencia CF’s commitment to engaging the International soccer community. Through GPS International’ global expansion, Valencia CF’s Youth Academy will have access to GPS International programs and players as new territories are added. Valencia CF programs will initially focus jointly on providing Professional Development for GPS coaches and impacting ID programs used to identify players who will attend a Training Camp in Valencia each summer. Valencia CF will also work with GPS International to establish Valencia CF Regional Teams who will compete in National and International events. Additionally, the partnership will see collaboration on International Tournaments and Tours. GPS Spain will also immediately benefit from the relationship with the launch of the new GPS International Academy based at La Petxina in Valencia at the start of September.
Luis Vicente Mateo, Head of Youth Academy at Valencia CF noted, “The soccer education of a top professional player starts at a very young age, which is why it is important to provide kids with exceptional training early in their development, as we have done at Valencia CF’s Youth Academy for decades. We are excited to partner with GPS International, a leader in the youth soccer space, on this first of many initiatives we will be undertaking to foster a deeper connection with young players internationally”.
Philip Mitchell, GPS Director of International Projects added, “Valencia CF has a great track record of producing talented professional players and when you see their Academy, you can see why. We are excited and looking forward to the impact of this partnership on our players throughout Europe”.
“We are thrilled at this new partnership with Valencia CF”, exclaimed Neil Holloway, GPS UK General Manager. “Having Global Premier Soccer and Valencia CF working in partnership in the United Kingdom is going to provide not only a world class methodology through Valencia CF but, significantly more opportunities for all players and coaches, and will enhance our ambitious expansion plans for GPS UK”.
About Valencia CF
Valencia CF is one of the largest and most successful club sides in Spanish and European Soccer with a proven track record of developing world – class players and competing in the highest echelons of world football. In May 2009, Valencia opened the first Multi-Disciplinary Football Academy Training Centre, the first of its kind in Spain, offering university education, classroom training and online training related to sport and football, including the offering of an MBA in International Sport Management.
About GPS International
GPS International is a division of Global Premier Soccer, one of the largest soccer organizations in the world providing player development programming in 24 States across North America and across Europe 5. GPS provide a unique structure and pathway for players that include both professional soccer and education. GPS operates International Academies in Spain, the UK and provide access to the education system in the US via the Soccer Chance USA College Placement Program and the GPS Private School Placement Program.
About Global Premier Soccer United Kingdom
GPS UK was established in 2016 in partnership with Pro-cision Football as a combination of football education academy programs in Reading and Hungerford, along with Junior Premier League teams, Elite training centers, and a comprehensive community and schools program. Expansion has added an Academy program in Oxford, youth programming in Bournemouth, and includes Soccer Chance Academies in North London and Dunstable.
Websites: - www.gps-international.net - www.gps-international.net/valencia
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Press Conference Attendees:
Antonio Hernandez – Head of Methodology – Valencia CF
Antonio Navarro – International Soccer Program Coordinator – Valencia CF
Philip Mitchell – Director of Recruitment and International Projects – Global Premier Soccer
Neil Holloway – General Manager – Global Premier Soccer United Kingdom