Global Premier Soccer is delighted to announce the introduction of the GPS football academy in Valencia, Spain. The goal is to give young, talented players the opportunity to grow in a professional and challenging environment, to improve athletic performance.
GPS Soccer Academy is able to offer professional football training, expertise and guidance for athletes to fully achieve their maximum potential. GPS chose to locate at La Petxina as they offer the highest quality facilities and allows them to replicate the environment that students would have at professional football clubs in terms of accommodation and football training.
The coaches: GPS Spain General Manager Ivan Berlanga and GPS Spain Manager Jordi Gomez, both have UEFA Pro and UEFA A license respectively.
Twice per month players will have pro soccer training sessions at the Valencia СА Football Academy under the watchful eye of the Valencia CF coaches. Additionally, VCF Academy staff will also provide professional on the field development to GPS coaching and playing staff throughout the year.
Please, be advised that the GPS Soccer Academy has only 40 spots available: 20 for U17, and 20 – for U19 players. Each participant must submit a full sporting and academic CV and football video evidence and references from reputable coaches
La Petxina boasts a modern, fully equipped spacious gymnasium, a 6-lane indoor 25 meter pool, an athletics track and a 3G 8-a-side and 11-a-side football pitches. It is perfect for team training and improving individual athletic performance. An indoor Futsal court, a municipal library with 30,000 books dedicated to the sport are complemented by a state of the art auditorium for conferences and events
Excellent accommodation at La Petxina includes amazing views of the River Turia. All rooms are exterior with large windows to enjoy the bright sun of Valencia and all are equipped with heating and air conditioning. All rooms have full bathrooms and are equipped with a television and a desk. Laundry and cleaning services are available allowing student-athletes more time to train and study.
The soccer academy infrastructure includes the state-of-the-art fitness center with a wide range of cardio and resistance weight machines to make sure that no muscle goes unworked, not to mention a large selection of free weights and a designated spin studio containing 30 exercise bikes. There is also an indoor athletics track with 8 lanes with regulatory dimensions. the academy players will spend three sessions a week in here improving their conditioning with a soccer-specific program designed for them.
Academy students aged 18 who have completed high school, will complete the following courses:
• Spanish Football Federation Level 1 Coaching Award
• 1 year General Sports Degree
• GPS Sports entrepreneurship program
• Spanish Language classes
• GPS Personal Development and Player Pathway Academy students aged 16 and 17 who would be going into their junior year of high school, will study at Caxton College (20 mins from La Petxina).
In years 12 and 13 (post-16 education), students follow the British A-Level program. Pupils are encouraged to demonstrate a mature attitude, necessary for good relations in the school and for social integration, in addition to obtaining the academic results required for further study either in Europe or the US.
For non-English speaking participants: you must have an intermediate level of English
The GPS football academy in Valencia will provide an incredible cultural experience for players. Valencia has a beautiful climate and together with its beaches, gastronomy, sports culture and Las Fallas make Valencia a dream city to live.
What else will the Academy offer to ensure a professional experience?
To succeed in soccer, details matter – GPS know this, as a highly professional youth soccer organization partnered with Global Premier Management. Everything within the four main pillars of the game (Technical, tactical, physical and psychological) will be scrutinized to ensure this is the most rewarding professional experience for the Student /Athlete. Particular attention is paid to nutrition, individual & team pro training sessions, insurance during the program, reahibilitation if needed.
What exit options will there be?
Many international players who travel to Spain come here with the intention of progressing into professional soccer. We are here to assist players in this process. We cannot guarantee contracts with professional clubs, however, we do give numerous opportunities to be noticed by high-level clubs. We play regular exhibition games against professional football academies, utilizing a vast list of contacts in the professional game. International players will also be notified of trial events they can attend in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. Outside of this, we can offer routes into non-league football here in the UK.
We also have our partner company Soccer Chance USA who provides soccer scholarships to US Universities for those interested in progressing down this route. Any International players who are keen on a US scholarship will be assisted whilst attending our London and Valencia-based football academies.
Can you provide assistance in getting placed in the US?
Yes, any International players who are keen on a US scholarship will be assisted while attending our London-based academy with their SAT preparation, video package and NCAA/NAIA eligibility, and etc
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For 1 year course – U19 players (aged 18 between August 1st, 2019 and July 31st, 2020), the program’s cost is 35,000 USD. Deposit – 7500 USD. The remainder is to be paid in monthly installments. Start date is August 10, 2020 - till May 30, 2021 (Christmas and New year break)
For 2 years course – U17/18 players (aged 16 between August 1st, 2019 and July 31st, 2020), the program’s cost is 42,500 USD per year, deposit – 7,500 USD. The remainder is to be paid in monthly installments. Start date is August 10, 2020 - till May 30, 2021 (Christmas and New year break)
Transfer from airport to Academy: From/to Valencia International Airport – free of charge