Waltham, MA, November 1, 2016: Eighteen GPS and FCB Affiliate clubs coaches made a technical visit to Munich last week to gain exposure to ‘Mia San Mia’ culture firsthand, and to learn the FC Bayern philosophy and methodology that they could bring back to the US. The trip, which took place from Oct 19-24, also presented an opportunity for GPS staff and FC Bayern Affiliate club staff to interact together and share ideas.
The main event of the itinerary was the presentation of the new FC Bayern handbook by Sebastian Dremmler, Director of FC Bayern International Programs. This document outlines an overview of the youth teams’ philosophy that GPS Staff will deliver across the country in the next 2 years. The visit also included presentations of the Goalkeeping and Women’s programs.
The goalkeeping Session took place on the third day with Uwe Gospodarek, FC Bayern Director of Goalkeeping, leading this. ‘The on-field session was focused on close feet diving – “the attention to the smallest detail was really impressive!”, said Eduan Naude, GPS Director of Goalkeeping.
Staff also particiaped in a Workshop about the FC Bayern Women’s Program hosted by Bianca Rech, Team Manager and former FCB Player, and Gina Lewandoski, current First Team player from the US. The program in Sabener Strasse starts with the U17 team and the main goal is to be the #1 club for young talented players in the Bavarian Region. Bianca outlined how the selection process works and how FC Bayern works on the women’s side to develop young players and give them the best possibilities to reach their potential.
During their five-day stay, the GPS staff attended many high-level games, including the UEFA Youth League cup U19 FC Bayern vs. PSV, a UEFA Champions League game FC Bayern vs. PSV, and a Bundesliga game between FC Bayern and Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Allianz arena.
On the final day, GPS Staff attended a game between FC Bayern U10 vs FC Wacker (team from Austria). ‘The game had such an amazing flow, with no interruption and young players delivering a tremendous level of football’, said Peter Bradley, GPS Director of coaching. The game was “refereed” by a parent as supervisor, rather than intervening. A parents’ zone also created an environment where parents are not allowed to behave poorly towards the referee, players and coaches. This resulted in fast-paced games, where players are put in the right conditions to express themselves and enjoy a great football experience.
Jack Panayotou (GPS Massachusetts) and Samy Kolby (GPS Carolina) also made the trip out to Munich for six days with FC Bayern’s youth programs. The coaches were pleased with the players and noted that they coped well with the fast-paced training sessions, and demonstrated a good understanding of the game while showcasing their technical skills.
“The second technical visit was another huge success. We were able to witness a truly wonderful week of football with the added bonus of seeing two of our own boys there participating in FCB junior team sessions,” said Peter Bradley, GPS Director of Coaching.
The level of access to FC Bayern facilities and staff displays the uniqueness of the most extensive European Club partnership ever seen in the USA.
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