The superb new facility at Pallini Arena in Athens, Greece played host to the annual Global Premier Soccer South East Europe (GPS SEE) Elite Program and Seminar.  The 4-day event, ran in conjunction with GPS International Technical Partner Club Valencia CF, kicked off on Friday, 6 September 2019.

The event brings together coaches from throughout the GPS SEE network for the purpose of professional development in line with the methodology and expertise of Valencia CF as well as a training program designed to select and evaluate players for the GPS SEE National Teams program. Miquel Belmonte from Valencia CF spent time with both the coaches and players passing on his insight and knowledge to those in attendance.  This year saw over 30 coaches and 70 players from the GPS SEE network in Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus in attendance. 

Players from all over South East Europe have been invited to participate in the 1st Development camp in order to get closer to the “Bats” coaching methodology. Players from Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria born between 2003 and 2008 and goalkeepers in the respective ages were trained and evaluated under the guidance of the Valencia CF Academy coach with the support of certified GPS South East Europe Valencia CF coaches. 

The GPS South East Europe Valencia CF Soccer Program aims to spread the Valencia CF image and philosophy all around the world. The Program aims to identify, train and develop the most talented young footballers in the region of Greece and South East Europe acting as an extensive scouting network for Valencia CF. To achieve this, the most talented kids will have the opportunity to enter the Elite Program and train at dedicated camps under the guidance of highly qualified GPS South East Europe/Valencia CF coaching staff.

The Elite Program aims to best prepare and develop skilled young footballers from South East Europe so they can have the chance, if selected, to compete for a position at the Valencia CF Academy or other Academies of Professional European Clubs once they turn 16 years old. The program is divided in three stages. Every stage is designed to meet the needs of the players for each different age group.

Phil Mitchell, GPS International Liaison, who was in attendance had the following to say:

“The Elite Program and Seminar continues to allow for intensive collaboration and networking between GPS SEE staff and coaches and the Valencia CF staff. Well done to GPS SEE Directors George, Antonis and Chrisoula for their outstanding organization of this event.  The GPS SEE coaches should be commended for their fantastic input during the seminar as well as their assistance in helping the Valencia CF staff on the field delivering top class training to the players in attendance.  The GPS SEE players were fully engaged and challenged throughout and we look forward to seeing them progress on to the various GPS SEE National Teams and of course on their long term football journey. Again, thank you to Miquel and Valencia CF for their significant input in this invaluable trip to Athens.”

For more information, please contact GPS Head of International Programs, Tommaso Trevisan, at ttrevisan@globalpremiersoccer.com