After seven years of working towards this historic achievement, FC Barcelona finally announced through their website that they will be opening the first official club academy in the United States. The FCB Escola will call Central Regional Park in Lauderhill as its home and will begin operations in August.
“After many years of handling the big task of understanding the American market we considered that it is the moment to establish ourselves in a permanent manner, it is a big step forward,"said the director of the FCB Escola Xevi Marce. We are very motivated in this new challenge and we are undertaking it with great excitement.”
The members of the academy looked into various areas throughout the country and ended up deciding on South Florida as a way to be able to expand their philosphy as well as be part of the boom that soccer in the United States has been growing exponentially in the last few years, the FCBEscola Florida is looking to introduce the values and philosophy in the United States which has a very bright future in the sport. Following the methodology and working style being led from Barcelona, the program taking place will be directed and supervised by a Technical Director from the FCBEscola in Barcelona that will reside permanently in Florida. The project that FCBEscola is striving for is to bring Futbol Club Barcelona to all the children in the world.
There will be tryouts held in the coming weeks for kids ages 6-13 in a better effort to develop kids as well. For more information on the tryouts and other events pertaining to this academy please visit the FCB Escola site.