November 7th, Waltham, MA, 2018; Justin Capell has spent well over a decade and a half at GPS, making him a key part of the club’s success during that time.
Justin is the second GPS staff member to be included on our Behind the Badge series. This series is being carried out in order to help our ever growing community of players, parents and coaches connect better with the club.
By giving you an inside look at some of the personalities that make GPS tick we hope to further help you see GPS as YOUR club.
1. What is your current role with Global Premier Soccer? I am the GPS Chief Operating Officer.
2. When did you join GPS? I joined GPS in 2002.
3. What prompted your move to the USA? Initially, I came to the US to work a few summer camps after graduating university before planning to head home to get a ‘real job’ as my Dad called it at the time! Upon arrival I saw the tremendous potential that GPS (MPS at the time) had and was immediately sold on becoming part of its future.
4. What do you enjoy most about your job? The people, without a doubt. It sounds cliche but GPS is very much like a family and I genuinely look forward to coming to work every day. On top of the people I work with on a day to day basis, the people I get an opportunity to interact with as part of my role with GPS is also something that makes my job enjoyable - whether that be players, parents, partners, vendors etc. Making a difference - whether that be on the field with a player or a team or off the field with an employee. GPS genuinely has the ability to change lives, I love that about my job.
5. What are some of your biggest highlights with the club? Probably the biggest moment for me was when the partnership with FC Bayern Munich was announced. Whilst GPS has continued to grow exponentially since I joined the company, the acknowledgement from one of the leading brands in World Football that we were the best partner for them further validated how far we have come since the camp and clinic days back in 2002. I was also fortunate enough to coach Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu when he was 10/11 years old. Andrew progressed throughout the GPS system, became captain at Harvard and now plays professionally in the MLS. To see the impact we have had on his life and to be a part of that is awesome. Having my two young daughters play with a GPS badge on their shirt is also right up there.
6. If you hadn’t come to work at GPS what do you think you would be doing? No idea, I still don’t really know what a “real job” is - I’ll ask my old man next time I see him!