Created on 2016-06-29 at 11:30 AM
FC Bayern Munich's youth coaching program has returned to the US for a series of training camps, held in partnership with FCB’s youth Partner Global Premier Soccer.
During their two-week stay the coaches are travelling to South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and New York to train young US talents. The focus of the trip is two four-day Residential Camps taking place in Georgia and New York. Additional training sessions have been held in Charlotte and New York
The trip coincides with FC Bayern's first team visiting the US for the Audi Summer Tour 2016.
During the Residential Camps the FCB Coaches are spending time with around one hundred 10- to 12-year-old boys and girls who have been preselected through the FC Bayern ID Program. The most talented players are given the chance to travel to Munich for a trial at the beginning of July, training with the regular FC Bayern youth teams.
The FC Bayern coaches are focusing on ball possession, movement, passing and dribbling among other technical aspects. Beside taking part in the training sessions, the young players have had the chance to watch matches at Euro 2016 together with the German coaches.
Bayern coach Sebastian Dremmler said:
“When we did the first Residential Camp last year, we were very positively surprised by the quality of the players and we were totally right to focus on this age group. The boys and girls selected last year to go Munich showed the same level of skill as our regular youth players.
"When they were training with our youth team, there was hardly any difference between US and the FCB players. We are very much looking forward to support the development of these young players and to observe a lot of talent during our days in the US.”
Leo Christiano comes all the way from the US
FC Bayern have been holding the "Talent Day" since 1996 with players like Diego Contento and Mehmet Ekici examples of past participants who have graduated to the professional level.
This year, kids came from all over the world: England, Austria, Italy, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and even Buffalo, NY. Leo Christiano, a member of the Global Premier Soccer club from Buffalo made the cross-Atlantic trip especially to take part in the training camp. For the 9-year-old it was an experience of a lifetime, "I am so happy that I was able to be here. It was an incredible experience and a lot of fun," said young Leo.