Created on 2015-07-06 at 10:00 AM
FC Bayern's U.S. youth partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS) took another step forward this past week with the inaugural summer camps in South Carolina and Maine. The partnership includes consistent exchanges of knowledge and visits between FC Bayern and GPS coaches. This time around, Bayern coaches made the trip across the Atlantic to train and observe over 230 kids participating in both camps. The focus was on players at the U14 level.
The visits give FC Bayern coaches an opportunity to monitor the development of kids in GPS' system and even give the best performers an opportunity to fly over and train in Munich. Four players were selected to travel to Munich and train at the club's famed youth academy for three days next week: Blake Pope, Samy Kolby, Olivia White and Bella Roppolo.
The traveling FC Bayern coaching staff included Junior Team Operations Manager Sebastian Dremmler and youth coaches Harald Cerny and Thomas Doellner. "Overall we were positively surprised by the quality of the players. You can see that our focus on the next generation is paying off. The quality and quantity in GPS' ranks in the States is improving, and we will continue to support thhat in the upcoming camps."
On the players traveling to train in Munich, Dremmler had this to say, "The players selected to come to Munich next week are at a European level when it comes to their age group." The opportunity to travel to Munich is another sign of the continued progress made at youth levels in the U.S., particularly at GPS' academies.
The camp in Maine, held at the University of New England between June 28 and July 2, included 100 players and six training sessions with the focus on possession, movement, passing and dribbling among others. The agenda also included a forum allowing players to ask questions.
About GPS & FC Bayern's Partnership
To find out more about FC Bayern's famed youth academy and the partnership with Global Premier Soccer in the United States click here.