West Ham United International Academy Signs 7th Partner Club Schultz Academy
December 8th, 2009 - West Ham United International Academy announced their seventh partner club and first in Florida –Schulz Academy. Schulz Academy is a premier youth soccer academy headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. The club is dedicated to providing the highest level of age appropriate training for kids from ages 4 to 19 and to providing the best competition available for the elite soccer player. In 2007, 2008, and 2009 Schulz Academy was named to Soccer America Magazine’s Top 30 Boys and Girls Club in the United States, the only Florida club to receive that honor in those three years. The Academy is headed by Dr. Josef Schulz, an "A" Licensed and National Youth Licensed coach. The founder of Schulz Academy, Dr. Schulz is a former professional player from the Austrian premier division who played 418 games at the highest level in the Austrian Bundesliga during their glory days of the late seventies and early eighties. Dr. Schulz is recognized as the top youth coach in the state of Florida and certainly one of the best in the country.
“It is an honor to work with a professional club like West Ham United on the development of young American talents. Through this partnership our most talented players will have the chance to compete with the best talents in England’ says Schulz. “We are very excited to have started a partnership with one of the most fascinating clubs in the English Premier League. Their outstanding track record of producing world class soccer athletes provides the award-winning youngsters of Schulz Academy with a clear opportunity and path to fulfill their promise in the years to come.”, says Stephan von Lattorff, Director of Marketing of the Schulz Academy. Mike Kelleher of West Ham United’s International Academy said, “We are looking forward to great things from our partnership with the Schulz Academy. In recent years the Schulz Academy has gained a reputation as a developer of excellent young soccer players in South Florida. We hope the next Jozy Altidore will be wearing a West Ham United shirt in the near future.” USA international, Jozy Altidore (17 caps, 6 goals), is Schulz Academy’s most successful graduate to date. He is the youngest player to score for the United States full national team in the modern era, aged just 18 against Mexico in February 2008. He currently plays for Hull City in the English Premier League, on a season long loan from Villarreal of Spain’s La Liga. He is pictured in action above with West Ham United’s Valon Behrami, earlier this season. -
International Academy Partners with Cape Fear Soccer Association
March 15th, 2010 - The West Ham United International Academy announced its first partnership in North Carolina with the Cape Fear Soccer Association. Cape Fear Soccer Association was founded in 1985 and serves the Wilmington and Cape Fear Coastal Region for soccer players of all ages. It operates leagues for Recreational level players from U4’s to Adults and has 18 Classic and Challenge teams that compete on Various levels in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association Leagues. Six of its teams play in the Premier league and consistently compete for State Championships on an annual basis as well as many local and regional tournaments.CFSA has 2,500 members a full time staff and is the 4th largest in the state of NC. Many players have progressed to the College and Professional ranks, notably Cody Arneaux who signed for Everton FC in August 2009, was a CFSA Youth player before attending Wake forest University and garnishing numerous honors along the way. Several current players represent the State of North Carolina and South Regional Olympic Development Program and have travelled to Mexico, Costa Rica and various events in the US representing CFSA, NC and the South Region.
CFSA’s Staff are very qualified, with coaches who have played professionally, coached at the College and professional level and currently teach Coaching courses with US Soccer and the NSCAA. "We are very excited to partner with the West Ham United International Academy and with the opportunities it presents for our players and coaches. " said Peter Broadley , Executive Director and Director of Coaching for CFSA." We will initiate the connection to West Ham through our U10 and U12 Academy program which will fit perfectly with the curriculum that the West Ham staff have proposed"
March 9, 2010. West Ham United International Academy announced the Minnesota Thunder Academy as its twelfth partner club today. The Minnesota Thunder Academy was formed in 2008 as an amalgamation of two of Minnesota’s most successful youth programs, namely Wings Soccer Club and Bangu Tsunami FC. Prior to 2008 these two clubs had amassed 42 State Championships, 3 Regional Championships and 2 National Finalists with five of their players representing the United States at youth national team level. Partnership Development Manager, Mike Kelleher said “we are looking forward to working with an organization of the stature of the Minnesota Thunder Academy, they have a great reputation in the Midwest and will be a first class addition to our family of clubs.” Thunder Technical Director, Steve Bellis said, “we are excited about the possibilities this partnership brings to Minnesota youth soccer, we look forward to working closely with West Ham United’s Academy in the months and years ahead.” The Partnership will formally begin at the end of this month when one of the Thunder’s Academy Directors, Mark Cook will spend four days at the West Ham United Academy in London funded by the International Academy’s partner XL Travel.
International Academy Partners with the Bermuda Football Association
February 13th, 2010 - The West Ham United International Academy announced a partnership with the Bermuda Football Association today at a press conference at the BFA’s headquarters in Hamilton Bermuda. Pictured at the announcement from left to right are, David Sabir (BFA, General Secretary), Mike Kelleher (West Ham United International Academy, Partnership Development Manager), Tony Carr (West Ham United Academy Director), Derek Broadley (BFA, Technical Director).
International Academy Announces First Caribbean Partnership
February 18th, 2010 - West Ham United International Academy announced it’s first partnership in the Caribbean, with the Future Sports Club of the Cayman Islands.
Future Sports Club the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Football Club of the year, 2002 is dedicated to the Development of Young Players. Founded in 1998 the Club has amassed 6 Women’s championships, 7 Boys Championships U19, U17, U16 , U13 and 6 finalists. The Club has teams in all age divisions in both male and female categories within CIFA. In addition the Clubs focus on Youth Development has led to over 15 Player of the year/Leading Scorer Awards. The Club also holds the distinction of having produced the Country’s first female to receive a soccer scholarship to a US University and the Cayman Islands only male player to be offered a top flight professional contract in Europe. In addition 2 of the Club’s U13 boys are now in the final stages of being accepted in an Academy in Portugal along with several players currently attending US Universities.“We are extremely excited to be embarking on a partnership with one of the most successful clubs in the English Premier League in terms of player development. West Ham United’s outstanding track record of producing world class players the likes of Joe Cole and Frank Lampard Jr to name a few reflect their expertise in player development. This coincides with the ambitions of FSC and can only provide a clear path for our Club’s many young players who aspire to succeed in the game.” Olsen Bush, Future Sports Club.
February 9th, 2010 - West Ham United International Academy announced Arsenal FC of Western Pennsylvania as its’ 9th Partner Club Since 2000, Arsenal Football Club of Pennsylvania has been establishing a tradition of excellence. In just 9 short years, the club has produced 3 State Champions, 9 State Finalists, 16 Semifinalists, and 11 regular season League Championships. The club has over 350 players with 18 teams, 10 boys and 8 girls in addition to a large U10 and under program. Under the coaching leadership of Dan Brower, USSF ’A’ License and NSCAA Premier Diploma and James Meara, former FA Youth Cup winner with Watford FC (1989) and 6 year professional at Watford FC and Doncaster Rovers FC, Arsenal FC of Pennsylvania is fast becoming one of the elite youth soccer programs in Western PA
West Ham United International Academy Announces Partnership with Keystone Athletic
January 21st, 2010 - The West Ham United International Academy announced it’s 8th partner club Keystone Athletic from Northeast Pennsylvania. Keystone Athletic operates teams at every level of the United Soccer Leagues Super-Y and Super 20 leagues, also fielding 15 teams with is local state association, EPYSA (Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association). It has a developmental academy attended by 500 local children. In addition to working with their local members Keystone has an affiliation program with other North East PA clubs that include (ENCO,NAZARETH and POCNO) to ensure all organizations, players and coaches are working to the same goals. With SUSC affiliation programs and their own members the organization reaches out to over 2,000 youth soccer players. Mike Kelleher, West Ham United’s International Academy Partnership Development Manager said, “Keystone Athletic came highly recommended to us through our network of contacts in North America, as with all our partners we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership, not only in terms of player identification/development but in sharing some of the good practice and methods of the West Ham United Academy.” "As we enter our 20th year of operation this is exciting news for the organization. We are excited to add another European affiliate and we look forward to the opportunities the affiliation can bring, not only to some players but also to the organization." Stated Keystone Athletic Director Michael Composto.Composto joins, six other partner club Directors of Coaching on a visit to the West Ham United Academy in London next week.