May 3rd, 2019; Waltham, MA; April Vacation was a busy week for everyone involved with GPS as the club used the school vacation to help provide players with an amazing soccer and cultural experience.
While seven GPS teams competed at Mundialito 2019 in Spain, three other GPS teams traveled to Germany to spend time with our partner club, FC Bayern Munich.
A Boys 2007 squad of 17 players, a Boys 2008 squad of 13 players and a Girls 2006/2007 squad of 16 players spent a week in Bavaria training, competing and sightseeing.
The 46 players were chosen from the FC Bayern ID Program and represented a variety of GPS locations.
The FC Bayern ID Program, launched in 2015, is aimed at identifying players with the potential to represent FC Bayern’s First Team via offering players a unique training experience tailored by FC Bayern and delivered under the guidance of the experienced coaches at GPS.
Players had the opportunity to train not only with GPS coaches but with staff from FC Bayern while also having the opportunity to witness a first team training session held at Saebener Strasse.
Robert Lewandowski, Frank Ribery, and Joshua Kimmich then took the time following the session to sign autographs and take photos.
Each team played a total of three games over their week-long stay. The Girls 2006/2007 team went undefeated in their three games while both the 2007 and 2008 Boys teams won both of their games against local clubs.
The third game for both boys sides were against their FC Bayern counterpart. While a win wasn’t on the cards for our teams, the experience gained is priceless for our players.
“Our teams having the opportunity to travel across the world and compete against the best youth teams in the world is critical to our identity as a club,” said GPS DOC Peter Bradley. “It is an invaluable experience for every player involved.”
Off the field, players and their families explored historic Munich, taking a tour of the city highlighting key points of interest. A trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th century German castle filled with an abundance of art and authentically furnished, highlights the cultural experience on offer for players.
Players traveled to the Allianz Arena to close out the trip by watching FC Bayern take on SV Werder Bremen. Bayern is currently in the midst of a heated title race with rivals Borussia Dortmund and their 1-0 win in the fixture could prove pivotal as they took the lead in the table.
For more information on the FC Bayern ID Program please contact Tommaso Trevisan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the FC Bayern ID page on our website here: https://www.gps-massachusetts.com/fcbid