Global Premier Soccer (GPS), one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the world announced an extensive partnership with Valencia CF, one of the most prestigious soccer clubs in Europe. The exclusive partnership launched initially in South East Europe and the United Kingdom, and provided access to the famed Valencia CF’s Youth Academy.
One of the Spain’s most successful clubs, Valencia was founded in 1919 and have won 6 La Liga titles, 8 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’s global expansion, Valencia CF’s Youth Academy will have access to GPS programs and players as affiliates are added.
Valencia CF programs initially focus on ID programs used to identify players who will attend a Training Camp in Valencia each summer and also work with GPS to establish Valencia CF Regional Teams who compete in National and International events. Additionally, the partnership see collaboration on International Tournaments and Tours.
GPS Spain is immediately benefited with the impending launch of the new GPS International Academy based at La Petxina in Valencia.
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, a leader in the youth soccer pace, 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 in producing talented professional players and when you see their Academy, you can see why! We are excited and looking forward to the impact (56) of this partnership on our players throughout Europe.”
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.
GPS is one of the largest soccer organizations in the World providing player development programming in 24 States across the USA and are active in 5 other countries. GPS provide a unique structure and pathway for players that includes both professional soccer and education. GPS operates International Academies in Spain, the UK and the US and provide access to the education system in the USA via the Soccer Chance USA College Placement Program and the GPS Private School Placement Program.