Exciting partnership announcedPublished on: November 19, 2018
Global Premier Soccer UK (GPS) are excited to announce a partnership with Portsmouth College & Soccer Scholar Academy that will provide opportunities and pathways to aspiring footballers to achieve their full potential in the classroom and on the pitch.
The partnership will kick-off with immediate effect, with a bespoke pathway being created that offers a performance strand, academic strand and destinations strand throughout the GPS network. The performance strand develops players and offers a route into the professional game in the U.S and U.K. The academic strand develops scholars and offers a wide range of education pathways into higher education at U.K and European Universities and the collegiate system in the USA, with a range of scholarships being available. The destinations pathway develops professionals and offers a number of routes into employment including coaching, sports development, performance analysis, physiotherapy and sports nutrition.
Developing the students to become employable in the sport and recreation industry is a key driver for the partnership. We are also offering apprenticeship opportunities to aspiring coaches and we have developed an extensive work experience programme with the College that will culminate in the students working in Boston at the headquarters of GPS, fulfilling sports development roles in the office and coaching in our local academies.
GPS UK are part of a larger Global Premier Soccer network across the world. In North America GPS encompasses 26 US states, 3 Canadian provinces, and countries in the Caribbean. In Europe GPS are international technical partners of Valencia CF, and active in Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. GPS UK will enhance all aspects of Portsmouth College and Soccer Scholar Academy via its international technical partnership with Valencia CF and will provide students-athletes and coaches exciting opportunities to learn from a European giant that has produced many world class players.
Through the partnership, GPS are fully aware that Portsmouth College has the ability to host International student-athletes and therefore it will be their intention to promote this throughout our global network. Together we believe we are creating a truly unique performance model which is underpinned by academia and offers a wide range of industry specific destinations.
Neil Holloway, the Director of GPS UK highlights why the College was chosen for this partnership;
Portsmouth College is one of the most forward thinking and progressive Colleges in England. Their achievements and success rates demonstrates this and their link to the community through Soccer Scholar Academy is particularly innovative when it comes to developing players and building a workforce.”
Tom Lloyd, Assistant Principal of Portsmouth College is delighted to team up with Global Premier Soccer UK;
We are proud to partner with GPS on this exciting project, this is a big step for our Football provision, offering choice and international destinations for students from Portsmouth College, whilst also preparing them for the world of work. Our students will also benefit from apprenticeship opportunities and an immersive football tour in America each year. This partnership also gives us access to the Valencia CF curriculum as well as technical visits from expert Valencia staff throughout the season, supporting our focus on Global Citizenship.”