This past weekend, invited players from throughout all of GPS’ regions traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina to participate in the second annual GPS National Team camp supported by club partner FC Bayern Munich. 36 clubs, 300+ players, 16 states, Puerto Rico and two Canadian provinces were represented in what was the biggest gathering of GPS players ever in one location. This camp serves as the final camp/session before the announcement of the squads for this summer’s tournament series.
The GPS National Team program serves as the top tier of GPS for players and looks to expose players to a professional experience where they will receive the highest level of coaching and access to additional competitive opportunities. Those selected to the final roster for the summer will represent GPS and at various tournaments both domestically and internationally, such as the Super Cup held in Northern Ireland or the Surf Cup in California.
In addition to the GPS National team staff, Thomas Doellner, Klaus Augenthaler and Egon Coordes of FC Bayern Munich were also in attendance. Doellner has extensive experience working with FC Bayern youth teams and plays a pivotal role in FC Bayern International programming. Augenthaler represented FC Bayern in a glittering career which also saw him lift the FIFA World Cup in 1990 as part of the West Germany squad. Coordes was assistant manager at FC Bayern for two spells and also managed VFB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV.
In order to be selected for the camp, players must exhibit exemplary work ethic, commitment and have an excellent technical and tactical base within their regional program.
Over the course of the three days, players were evaluated by prospective National team coaches and run through a series of drills and exercises developed by the GPS Technical Department. Players participated in off-field seminars dealing with principles and tactics of the game as well as sitting in on presentations dealing with college placement.
The camp paused during lunch time on Saturday when all the players gathered together to watch FC Bayern defeat Schalke 04 at the Allianz, something made even better considering they were watching alongside famed FC Bayern player Augenthaler.
“We had over 300 players participating representing 36 clubs, so it was a really outstanding camp this year,” said DOC Peter Bradley. “We saw a lot of great talent on exhibit and it was wonderful to have the FC Bayern staff here.”
Following this national team camp, the rosters will be trimmed down to squads of 18. Those squads of 18 will go on to represent FC Bayern and GPS at multiple tournaments both domestic and international.
For more information on the National Team program please contact Andy Prosser at email@example.com.