Part of the Sockers’ mission statement is to teach players “to develop and excel through different environments and competitive platforms that launch them towards a love for the sport.” In an effort to fulfill this, President/ Technical Director David Richardson and member of the Sockers Youth Directors staff, Ahmed Gad recently visited professional soccer clubs and top youth academies in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) The clubs the Sockers met with are Al Wahda Sports Cultural Club U.A.E., Al Jazeera Sports Cultural Club and Baniyas Football Sports Club.
The purpose of this trip was to establish an international cooperation with professional clubs and academies that can continue to help us develop both our club’s Competition Platform, and Social Platform. The U.A.E has a very diverse soccer culture with influence from Europe, Asia, and South America within their youth soccer educational system. This has created a unique soccer environment in the U.A.E, which is very similar to that of the United States. Both countries have the challenge of focusing on the development of local talent in an effort to improve the quality of soccer within the country as a whole at all levels of play. We invited the youth academies in the U.A.E to come and spend time in Chicago in August preparing for their season, training and playing alongside our Academy as we prepare for our season. We received an invitation from the Al Wahda Sports Cultural Club UAE to participate in their prestigious International Youth Academy Tournament, which includes top academies from all over the world. This is a great opportunity for the club to provide a global experience and education for our players through the sport of soccer.
The sharing of knowledge and experiencing different cultures within the common bond of the game continues to provide the club the opportunity to be a leader in youth soccer in the United States. One of Sockers’ goals is to develop relationships with many different clubs throughout the world that can continue to support and enhance the soccer experiences of our players, coaches and families. We have begun the process of cultivating a relationship that can continue to transform the Sockers through global competition and social platforms. Look for more information in the upcoming months.
Q: Are we looking for sponsors for our club?
A: No. We are not looking for a marketing program to wear jerseys of an International team, but a relationship that can continue to transform our club through competition and social platforms
Q: What is the purpose of this trip?
A: Become a leader within the US soccer communities by bridging the gap between different cultures through soccer. Also fulfilling part of our mission statement to “teach players to develop and excel through different environments and competitive platforms that launch them towards a love for the sport”
Q: What are the benefits of this trip to the club?
A: Having a relationship through soccer with these 3 clubs in the UAE, and being able to participate in global events. It also allows everyone involved to share the knowledge of youth soccer education within the club including players and coaches as a whole
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