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What is the GPS International Academy? Following the success of the GPS International Academy in partnership with FAB Academy in London, GPS are delighted to announce the introduction of the GPS International Academy, Valencia in September 2017. We welcome applications for the class of 2017, closing March 1st, 2017. This top class facility has become the reference sports hall of residence of the Community of Valencia. The facility is geared for Elite student athletes to train and study and La Petxina will do the rest. Situated in an enviable downtown Valencia location , La Petxina boasts a Modern fully equipped spacious gymnasium , a 6 lane indoor 25 metre pool , an athletics track and and third generation 8-a-side and 11-a-side football pitches. GPS has a history of producing elite players to play at high level US based Colleges , National Team Programs and who head on to play professionally in the US, UK and beyond. The goal Is to give young, talented players the opportunity to grow in a professional challenging environment. Players develop at different paces during their formative years and the GPS International Academy is able to offer the support, expertise and guidance for them to fully achieve their maximum potential. The GPS International Academy , Valencia gives talented students opportunities to play in matches, tournaments and the potential to participate in trials at professional clubs. GPS chose to locate at La Petxina as they offer the highest quality facilities and allow them and us to replicate the environment that students would have at professional football clubs as well as giving our students the best possible start in their sporting life. The GPS Intenational Academy , Valencia will be based at La Petxina .This top class facility has become the reference sports hall of residence of the Community of Valencia . The facility is geared for Elite student athletes to train and study and La Petxina will do the rest. Situated in an enviable downtown Valencia location , La Petxina boasts a Modern fully equipped spacious gymnasium , a 6 lane indoor 25 metre pool , an athletics track and and third generation 8-a-side and 11-a-side football pitches.

We believe that in creating the right coaching environment players will learn and develop more quickly. We always wanted to give players of above-average ability the same opportunities as those that are hand- picked at professional clubs, as well as offering those who are released from professional clubs a second chance. Besides providing an amazing life experience, the main goal of the Academy is to provide the necessary tools either to succeed in professional soccer or to play at the US College level under a soccer scholarship. The combination of the excellent British Academical qualifications , whilst attending the highly acclaimed Caxton College during your Junior and Senior year of High School and the opportunity to gain the Spanish Football Federation Coaching awards and Sports Degree for gap year students will together with our unique football programme gives our students the platform from which to move either into higher education or a career within the Sports sector. Please watch this short video which gives you an insight into life in Valencia: The GPS International Academy , 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 . Valencia combines tradition and modernity to provide a beaufiful landscape to work, relax and enjoy life. With Only 40 spaces open in total (20 for u17) & 20 for u19 - enquire now to secure your space. International Academy Director

International Academy Coordinator

Ben Hanley

Philip Mitchell



Where is the training facility and what does the site consist of? The GPS International Academy is privileged to be based at La Petxina, one of Spain’s most prestigious Sports centres. This worldclass facility provides an unmatched environment for learning – both in terms of the quality of its equipment and facilities


La Petxina boasts a Modern fully equipped spacious gymnasium , a 6 lane indoor 25 metre pool , an athletics track and and third generation 8-a-side and 11-a-side football pitches. An indoor Futsal court , and a municipal library with 30,000 books dedicated to sport are complimented by a state of the art auditorium for conferences and events At La Petxina we know the importance of food in the life of an athlete and that is why we offer a complete Mediterranean diet with all the necessary dietary contributions and nutrients needed for the development of physical activity.


The 3G 8 and 11-a-side pitches ensure our students have the best opportunity to train, play and reach their true potential on world class surfaces.


Excellent accomodation 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 equiped with heating and air conditioning . All rooms have full bathrooms are equipped with television and desks and include laundry and cleaning service , allowing the student atlete more time to train and study

Who runs the International Academy? The biggest youth soccer organization in the US and official North American partners of Bayern Munich, Global Premier Soccer (GPS) now provide the ultimate soccer experience in Valencia , Spain. The Academy promises to provide the most professional environment for budding soccer players from all over the world to attend. Global Premier International Academy in association with Global Premier Management and Soccer Chance USA, the world leading scholarship provider, will build a bright future for those who attend.

GPS International Academy, Spain and Valencia CF GPS and Valencia CF have forged a relationship that will see Valencia CF become the International Technical Partners of GPS outside of North America. GPS Spain are proud to announce that we are now an affiliated club of Valencia CF, both in relation to the International Academy and GPS Atletico Museros. At , to be agreed times , twice per month GPS International Academy players will train at the Valencia CF Academy under the watchful eye of the Valencia CF coaches. Additionally , VCF will present “OFF THE FIELD� twice per year to GPS International Academy Players at Valencia CF Training Complex , Sportiva. Valencia Academy Staff will also provide professional on the field development to GPS Atletico Museros coaching and playing staff throughout the year.

Who are the Coaches? The GPS International Academy coaching is headed up GPS Spain Directors, Ivan Berlanga ( General Manager ) and Rafa Fernandez ( Director of Coaching) who have both worked for GPS In North America . Ivan and Rafa both hold UEFA Pro Licenses and will along with sports marketing director and goalkeeping coach Jorge Serrano lead the coachign team in Valencia Together they are three of the most professional , educational and inspirational people for young people to be around. They are assisted by high quality staff with a minimum of UEFA B licenses as well as on the ground GPS International Academy staff Ben Hanley (who is also Soccer Chance USA Director) and Philip Mitchell (who is also GPS Director of Recruitment and International Projects).

GPS International Coach

GPS International Coach

GPS International Coach

GPS International Coach

GPS International Coach

Phil Mitchell

Ben Hanley

Ivan Berlanga

Rafa Fernandez

Jorge Serrano

Does the facility have a fitness centre? Yes. The state-of-the-art gymnasiums comprises 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. The center will also be used for recovery sessions when the players have had a game the day before. La Petxina is also the home for a number of other Elite Athletes

What courses can I study while with the academy? 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 minutes from La Petxina ) In Years 12 and 13 (Post-16 education), students follow the British A Level programme. These studies require pupils to take greater responsibility for their own learning whilst introducing specialisation of study. 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

What else will the International Soccer 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.

Sports Performance Program At the GPS International Academy we understand that every player is different and has different needs. Through new technologies the staff will analyze each players performance to ensure the improvement of the players.

Health Care, Nutrition and Insurance Program Our program will include advice to parents on Health insurance in preparation for coming to Valencia, extensive information on injury prevention and recovery sessions, expert nutritional advice, as well as dedicated Sports Rehabilitation Partners in Valencia.

Where would I stay? Accommodation is on site at La Petxina - You will stay on site with the other academy boys in the player accommodation. Each room is modern and equipped with TV’s and bathrooms.

What would a typical academy week look like? The curriculum for players allows Caxton to provide the necessary flexibility for elite athletes to maximize their training without sacrificing their studies. There will be approx. 3 games per month in addition to tournaments and training at La Liga clubs on top of an intense technical and physical weekly program. Players will have some time to themselves at the weekend, to rest after games, explore Valencia and to take trips to Madrid or Barcelona. The academy will arrange excursions to view La Liga games and other sporting and cultural tours throughout the season.

Sports Psychology We understand that Studying and Living abroad will also bring its stresses. Our staff will provide a dedicated 24 hour C.A.R.E support program to ensure mentally student/athletes have the best opportunity to focus, develop and perform at their optimum level.

What exit options will there be? Many international players who travel to Europe 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 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 semi-professional football in Europe combined with either a Sports Management or Coaching role.

Can you provide assistance in getting placed back in the US? Yes we also have our partner company – – which 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 while attending our Valencia-based Academy with their SAT preparation, video package and NCAA/NAIA eligibility.

Does the academy pick players up from the airport on arrival? Yes, the academy staff will pick up players from the Valencia International Airport, situated 5 miles west of the city .The academy staff will then then bring you to La Petxina.

What level of Pastoral Support can each player expect to receive?

In addition to the pastoral support provided by the GPS Spain coaching staff and the GPS International Staff, the GPS International Academy in Valencia will utilize the staff at La Petxina and Caxton College to ensure that players have appropriate points of reference for daily encouragement on their journey .GPS International Academy in Valencia will provide all reasonable practical advice, including use of phones, availability of Wi-Fi, pick up and collection form the airport and all reasonable necessary day to day cultural information, well in advance of the players arrival in Spain.

Global Premier Management Global Premier Management is recognized as one of the top agencies for professional soccer players in the USA. The firm is led by President and Owner Patrick McCabe, who has more than 15 years of experience in the business of player management. We have a worldwide network of contacts and relationships that allows us to place clients in any market and an extensive track record of success both in the US and abroad. Most importantly, we have continued to operate in a way that gives our clients the feel of a small business: individual attention and constant availability. Unlike other big agencies the company is privately owned, which is crucial in allowing us to meet our clients’ needs and make decisions in their long-term interest without having to a seek a quick return to cover corporate overhead and appease shareholders. We provide personal service that is based on honesty and respect. Our clients have transferred to/within Europe for over $27 million, which is unmatched by any agent or agency in the US. As our players continue to improve and attract interest from teams in Europe, we are well positioned to provide opportunities for them to increase their earning potential and advance their careers. Since 1998, GPM have managed some of the biggest names and colorful personalities in US Soccer, including Preki, Eddie Johnson, Brad Guzan, and Stuart Holden. In partnership with our European Soccer Management partners we are in an even stronger position to represent you in the professional game

Soccer Chance USA Soccer Chance USA – Powered by GPS is the worlds leading soccer scholarship provider. Having placed student athletes in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA programmes they provide a full service from start to finish. GPS is one of the largest and most successful soccer organisations in the US, providing player development programming in 11 states across the USGPS has its own PDL/USL pro team in the Portland Phoenix, for our clients to play for if at the required level, as well as being able to provide post-degree job opportunities at one of its many programmes. GPS also have a player management company for those who reach the elite level in the US or abroad. All of which makes what we are able to provide a market-leading service. Being part of the international academy SCUSA will be able to assist in: • Video packaging • Individual player profiling • NCAA/NAIA eligibility assistance • SAT guidance • Showcase attendance (US coaches in attendance) • US tour (optional) • Obtaining scholarship offers • Offer negotiation Medical insurance and flight advice • Post-placement contact and advice • Post-degree employment opportunities

1 Year course

(Full Adidas training kit package included)

2 Year course

(Full Adidas training kit package included)

UK - August 21st 2018 – June 1st 2019 (Two week Christmas Break)

UK - August 21st 2018 – June 1st 2019 (Two week Christmas Break)

Spain - September 1st 2018 – June 30th 2019 (Two week Christmas Break)

Spain - September 1st 2018 – June 30th 2019 (Two week Christmas Break)

Cost - $35,000.00

Cost - $42,000.00 per year

Deposit - $7,500.00 ($27,500 to be paid in 10 monthly instalments)

Deposit - $7,500.00 ($34,500 to be paid in 10 monthly instalments)

International Academy Director Ben Hanley +442081448916 International Academy Coordinator Philip Mitchell +447788254465

Complex Esportiu Cultural Petxina

Global Premier Soccer 85 Central Street, Suite 204 Waltham, MA 02453

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